Carolina (Stiles) and her sisters have been raised by their ‘do it her own way’ grandmother (MacLaine). The extended family includes an alcoholic father, prostitute aunt, pregnant sister, and countless colourful cousins. But Carolina makes her own life much more controlled and organised.
She and her best friend (romance writer, Albert) are yet to find their true loves. They date other people with little success until Carolina meets Heath. He is her ‘flawless man’ – an upper middle-class, educated, English, advertising executive and all round nice guy that could be her ‘one’. But she brings him to meet the crazy family and he runs a mile. When she turns to Albert, he has found a woman of his own. And when Albert reveals his true feelings for Carolina, she turns him away. Will they ever get it together or is it not meant to be between them?
This is a terrific film, albeit ten years old, it can still hold its own. There is a tear-jerking section where Stiles’ acting is superb. MacLaine holds the show together in a role that is very much her signature. The characters are explored beautifully and the film looks at them closely, letting the simple plot just do its thing. Good solid rom com film, particularly if you like Shirley MacLaine.