Friday, August 20, 2010


Catherine Zeta Jones, Justin Bartha

"She's still got it. He's still getting it."

I don't know why but I had a big smile pasted on my face throughout the entire film. Probably because they are such endearing characters, it made for a pleasant viewing. It is the story of Sandy (Catherine Zeta Jones) a recent divorcee who moves to the city with her two kids to start anew. She gets a lucrative job at a sports channel, moves into a nice loft and hires Aram (Justin Bartha) to look after her kids while she works, goes out on dates etc. As most romantic comedies go, they end up being a couple despite their gaping age difference. As predicted, issues soon crop up and they ... well just watch the film to find out.

It's also a film that reminds us how likeable an actress Zeta-Jones is. Her beautifully expressive face adds credibility to her role and we find Sandy someone we genuinely care about.

Justin Bartha gets to be a romantic lead after supporting roles in "National Treasure" and "The Hangover". His Aram character is such a harmlessly nice guy, you can't help but go 'awww' every time he does something sweet for the kids and Sandy. They do have a fairly good chemistry together in an awkward sort of way.

There are some funny dialogue mostly courtesy of her smart alecky kids and their wise cracking comments. Do watch out for Art Garfunkel as Aram's father. I was notably surprised at how genuine he was despite his very brief role.

The movie as a whole plods along pleasantly enough, delivering smiles aplenty as this unlikely couple deal with each other and the travails of a May December romance.

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