Harvey Shine is in London for the weekend for his daughter's wedding. His work in New York preoccupies him: he writes music for ads, and he knows his boss is pushing him aside for younger talent. With family he's also on the sidelines - long divorced, his wife remarried, her husband closer to his daughter than he. His path crosses that of Kate Walker, unmarried, her life becoming that of a spinster, set up by friends on blind dates leading nowhere. After Harvey's no good terrible day, he chats Kate up at a Heathrow bar. She's not interested. Where can this conversation lead? Back at his daughter's reception, the step-father rises to give a toast.Written by
Harvey and Kate arrive at Paddington Station then walk across much of London to the South Bank. They then appear to the east of Festival Hall, though crossing the river from Charing Cross they would approach it from the west. See more »
You - You just dive in there, don't you just, whoosh, anywhere, deep end. And I'm not, I'm not a bloody swimming pool Harvey.
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During the final credits there is one more scene added. See more »
I liked it because of the realism in the performances and the portrayal of 2 lonely people meeting and agreeing to keep each other company, and then realising that they like each other. It made me think about how people meet in real life, and there are all sorts of ways. If someone is really seeking a friend, they can find one - that is the message for me. Dustin Hoffman is always charming and Emma Thompson is wonderful at showing real emotion in a way that draws the viewer in. I was crying at one point, because of the poignancy of what was happening, even though it was a simple plot and appeared to be predictable. The detail of what happened was unexpected and it was worth seeing, especially if you are a bit older and single! There is a lot of resonance there and a lot of entertainment value.
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