A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex.Written by
James Gandolfini was initially dubious about taking on the part of Albert as he didn't feel it was a natural fit for him. Ironically, he got some of the best notices of his career for his performance in the film. See more »
Hilary drives a Chevrolet Volt, a near-silent electric vehicle. When she pulls into Eve's driveway near the end of the film, and again when she drives away minutes later, it sounds as though the car has a large gasoline-powered engine. See more »
I don't usually park in front of your house. I usually just drive by.
Sometimes I drive by your house, too.
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The unusual thing about this story is that it is about a woman between two people; not two lovers as one might expect but her boyfriend and his ex wife with whom they are friends and this ex wife cannot stop dishing the former husband her current friend is dating.
Another dilemma this woman is facing is the fact that her current boyfriend whom she has come to really like, is 'flabby' as she refers to him and on this matter I am pleased that Hollywood is raising this issue. Do overweight people deserve to be loved? This woman clearly was very hesitant due to the fact that he is overweight and could not fully express her affection becoming torn in the process between the poison spouted by his ex wife as well as expecting her circle to approve of him.
Interesting, intelligent and heart warming would perhaps be a fitting finale to the great James Gandolfini.
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