Directed by: Rob Reiner
Oren Little (Douglas) is a realtor who is getting on in years, and all he really wants to do is sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet. He currently as a listing that he is trying to move at just over eight million, but is having some trouble with the listing, as, well, he might have been something in his prime, but Oren is way past that he is getting on, and tired, and well, actually quite nasty to most folks to whom he interacts. Yep, there really are a million reasons not to like this guy, and that's just the way he likes it. Oren is willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he claims that this is because his wife died of cancer two years ago, and left him emotionally bereft. Still, that might be a bit of a simple response.
Now Orin is trying to unload the home he shared with his wife, (he is currently living in a rundown apartment complex with a bunch of neighbors he detests), only during the middle of a showing of the house, his estranged son Luke (Scott Shepherd) suddenly shows up, and announces that he is heading to prison (for a crime he apparently didn’t actually commit), and needs to drop off Orin’s granddaughter Sarah (Jerins) so he can watch her for the six months he is in the pen. Only Orin never knew the girl existed and doesn’t quite know how to react, or what to do with her. He attempts to refuse to talk the girl, but as he does so, Orin’s next door neighbor, Leah (Keaton) comes to the girl’s rescue.
Leah is an overly emotional widow who is still attempting to get past the death of her husband as she attempts to craft a new career for herself as a lounge singer. Against his better judgment (and instincts), Orin starts falling for Leah, even as she cares for his granddaughter. This is a sweet older age love story that is both realistic and sentimental all at the same time. It is fun to watch the curmudgeonly Orin, clueless about how to care for his sweet, abandoned nine-year-old, slowly and stubbornly learn to open his heart — to his family, to Leah, and eventually to life itself. This isn’t some kid romantic love story. This is more of a post-adult, yes there can still be passion in your life in your golden years kind of flick, and thus makes it of interest to an older generation, that still desires to go to the movies.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.