Oren Little has turned his back on all his neighbors and shunned the notion of being kind to others after the death of his wife. Next door neighbor Leah has put her soul, and her tears, into her stagnant singing career after the death of her husband. But then Oren's son shows up needing Oren to take care of his daughter Sarah. Oren has no patience for children, Leah never had any of her own, but 9-year-old Sarah just might be the spark that allows these two lonely souls to turn their home into a Little Shangri-La.Written by
I enjoyed this movie. I didn't expect any fancy special effects, just a story about two people, Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, who are both widowed. During a heated discussion, Diane Keaton reluctantly admits to Michael Douglas (or Oren Little) that she's 65—no need to because she looks great – not like an over-botox, over- collagen-ed Hollywood movie star over the age of 40. Anyway, Keaton, or Leah, is trying to find herself and is doing a wonderful job as a lounge singer, although a little weepy during her act—but this just adds to the sweetness of the movie. Oren Little is a grumpy real estate sales person, who finds it hard to be happy. But, with a Rob Reiner movie, we KNOW that the main characters are going to fall in love and eventually be happy. Thank you, Rob! Throw in a little family dysfunction, a little sadness, and a little of life's discontent. However, add new family members, people going out of their way to help one another, and love blossoms all around. The songs Diane Keaton sings during her act are actually her singing. No stand in. Her songs are soulful and wonderful. Definite feel-good movie! Highly recommend!
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