A widower whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru, falls for the hotel florist where his seminar is given, only to learn that he hasn't yet truly confronted his wife's passing.
Mike works at his parents' motel in Kingman, population 27,000, on old Route 66. Sue sells art for a Baltimore firm to corporations for office walls. He takes one look at her from behind as she registers at the motel and determines to connect. He's sweet, but hapless, with no ambition other than spending time with her. She's enigmatic - rarely smiling, occasionally impulsive, committed to helping homeless people, feeling the clock tick after a breakup with a boyfriend who could have provided security. Is there any way he stands a chance with her? What can he offer?Written by
A Catholic priest in Portland, Oregon, received an invitation to read for a scene involving a priest, while filming occurred in that city. A Portland-based member of the casting department told him that Writer and Director Stephen Belber was unsatisfied with the readings and characterizations that auditioning actors had been giving for the very brief lines in the scene. The casting department told the priest they found him through a random Internet search, yet he happened to be a serious film buff (for instance, he has an IMDb account). He had even hoped that someday he might get a bit part as a priest in a film. But he declined the invitation to read for the part in this movie after seeing the script of the scene in question and learning more about the film's storyline and about some of its other content. A modified version of the scene, without a priest, is in the film. See more »
In the hotelroom is a wine offered as hotel-present. The bottle of white wine (which is drunk without any cooling) is almost empty after only two little glasses. See more »
What about kids? Do you want to have kids?
[avoiding the question]
You know what was really great about that Yoga class?
It was the breathing stuff. I don't do that.
There are days where I have to instruct my heart to request additional air
[takes a deep breath]
and I have to tell myself "Breathe, Sue. Just keep breathing."
Yes, I want kids.
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Maybe the kindest (strangely awkward) film to watch this year
But I liked it. I really did. Maybe it was the fact that human communication is sometimes awkward between strangers. And sometimes, there's something that works in that awkwardness.
There's nothing special about this film, except that it might grow on you in ways unexpected. The people seem out of place in their own lives, maybe even in their roles.. but if it all worked out smoothly and everything would be a perfect match - this whole film would lose its point entirely. And it would be like any other romantic comedy you've seen.
Somehow it's very real even if some events are far fetched and the sudden comedy moments here and there seem like crazy slip ups, as if the people making this film had suddenly realized "Hey, weren't we supposed to make a comedy? So let's add some, right now!"
But above all, it's kind and heartwarming, a good and unique small film to stumble upon. Without Aniston and Zahn this film would have never had its warmth.
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