If you are looking for a great relationship film that gives you an insight on divorced people trying to regain their life, than this one is for you. This story gives you a clear picture of a divorced woman’s attempt to try and find someone to fall in love with after her children have left the nest.
Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced massage therapist getting ready to send her 18 year old daughter Ellen (Tracey Fairaway) to college. She has been divorced for 10 years and is starting to feel that she will never find a man that will interest her. She is afraid to be alone and now faces that fate.
Eva is invited to a party by her friends Sarah (Toni Collette) and Will (Ben Falcone) where she meets a poet, Marianne (Catherine Keener) and later a man, Albert (James Gandolfini) that also is feeling that he will never find someone. Marianne decides to hire Eva has her masseuse and they become friends. While this happens Albert asks Sarah to see if Eva wants to go on a date with him. Eva accepts and they learn that they have a lot in common. Albert also is divorced and has a daughter, Tess (Eve Hewson) going off to college. They begin to spend a lot of time together and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
During this time Eva’s relationship with Marianne becomes very close and while listening to her concerns about her ex-husband, she discovers that she and Albert were once married. Now she is in a predicament. Should she tell this to Marianne and risk her friendship, or on the other hand should she tell Albert and risk their relationship?
Director and writer Nicole Holofcener puts together this original story that explains divorced relationships and trying to start over again. She adds some great details about men and women and their intricacies that make them who they are. She does a good job putting together a story that does a great job getting its point across. All in all this is a good date film that gives an excellent message to its viewer, but it can be slow at times and seems to be long and drawn out.
Final Grade: I give this a C for its good storyline and subpar comedy.
Release Date: September 27th, 2013
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Runtime: 93 minutes (1 hour and 33 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity.