I have been in love with Catherine Zeta-Jones since before I (or anyone else) knew who she was! I first saw her in The Phantom when I was about 8 and she was so beautiful, bad girl or not, that I liked her instantly. Then she really got popular with The Mask of Zorro, and the rest is history.
So, when I saw this movie, despite never having heard of it, I knew I would watch it simply to see her again.
I have to say, as a sidenote, I am really disappointed with some of the roles she’s been getting lately. What happened to Chicago? Traffic? Ocean’s Twelve? America’s Sweethearts, even? Now she’s getting mommy roles and playing the neurotic middle-aged sometimes cougar – Playing for Keeps? No Reservations?
Excuse me, Hollywood, but this woman is five times the woman she was fifteen years ago, no matter what her age is now! Give her some meatier effing roles! At least the upcoming Broken City looks worthwhile.
Anyway, back to this movie, which I actually liked, despite my griping. CZJ plays Sandy, a woman who is recently divorced with two children and moves to NYC to start anew. She isn’t really looking for love, but gets attached to the coffee house guy, played by Justin Bartha (whom I also adore, as you know from my New Normal pontifications) and eventually they start dating.
Despite their age difference, they actually do really well together for a while. But when she gets pregnant, ectopic pregnancy, very unfortunate, she realizes they are trying to make something work that may never actually be right. She feels she’s taking away his youth and asking him to grow up too quickly by being with her.
[Do I really need a spoiler alert? Here it is, if you don’t already know I can’t keep a secret.] So, they split. He goes off and travels the world, does all the things she thinks he needs to do while he’s young and unattached, and they happen to meet again five years later in a restaurant, with their families in tow. He’s adopted a son from India, on his own, and she’s become a successful sportscaster on TV.
The movie ends with the whole brood sitting down to a meal together, but it’s clear that they still love each other even after all this time. Maybe now that he’s 30, and has done all those youthful wanderlust, carefree things, they can make things work.
As much as I liked it, it’s still a semi-predictable, semi-cheesy romantic comedy and doesn’t earn the 5 stars that I’d give Love Actually or something a little better written.
On a separate note, this one was actually better than No Reservations, which I saw in theaters. I don’t remember The Rebound even playing, though where I live is not usually one of the “select cities” small movies open in. I love Aaron Eckhart, and No Reservations was entertaining, but it got a little too heavy and dramatic, and it was not particularly well done, either. This one had a better flow to it and more believable characters.
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