Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson
Lisa (played by Witherspoon) is a baseball player who’s dropped from the team. But that doesn’t seem to be so important to the plot. The movie is mainly about her relationship with Matty who is also a baseball player (played by Wilson) and the new relationship she forms with George (Rudd). George is being investigated for corporate fraud, but finds relief from his problems when he pursues Lisa.
I find Witherspoon a delightful actor, but can’t quite work out her character in this one. Rudd and Wilson both play their usual roles – Wilson the bad boy and Rudd the good. Nicholson’s role seems quite incidental in this film, even though he’s George’s father and the whole reason that George is being investigated. The film focuses on who Lisa is going to chose, Matty or George.
The main problem is that there’s not enough depth here. I know what you’re thinking – it’s a rom com, it’s not supposed to have depth. But that’s not true, even predictable story lines can be meaningful enough to drive the film and give it purpose. But I couldn’t find it in this film. Watch it if you’re a Witherspoon fan.
Henry (Nicholson) is an expert on dating young women – he’s 63, successful, wealthy, never married and still desirable. That is, until he has a heart attack and he has to realise his limitations. His girlfriend’s mother (Keaton) reluctantly has to take care of him. Although Erica initially despises Henry, they find they have a lot in common, particularly as they are of the same age, and eventually fall in love.
Erica is a famous playwright and attracks the attention of Henry’s young doctor (Reeves). She knows she has feelings for Henry, but is flattered by the young Julian’s adoration. Besides which, Henry doesn’t know how to react to love, he’s confused, eventually breaking Erica’s heart.
I love this film and its plethora of happy dinners. I saw it years ago and didn’t have the same reaction. Now that I’m older I appreciate a film where older people find love and romance – and eat! The acting is terrific from everyone involved, especially Keaton. This film was very well received in 2006 and manages to maintain this status.