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It's mistitled as a rom-com.
on March 24, 2013
As I watched this flick, I said, "I think lots of women over the age of 35 will enjoy this." If reviews have been critical, it's becaus viewers were expecting a yuck-yuck fest and this is not it. This film was about issues that affect women as they age. Did they throw away their lives to their careers? Did their mothers raise them poorly but yet want to be critical of them? Is it better to tell the ones you love truths or lies? Do I relocate or do I stay put, and what if my child disagrees with me? And most importantly for me: WHY DIDN'T THIS DAMNED IVY LEAGUE DEGREE MAKE ALL MY DREAMS COME TRUE!?!?!? To me, the biggest dynamic was not romantic; the vibe between Tina and Paul wasn't really that important. The main tensions come from the trio of parent-child schisms. This reminded me of Steven Martin's "Parenthood" in some ways. I couldn't sit through that "Secret Ya-Ya Whatever." However, this reminded me of the flick with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. If you know how few roles exist for aging women and how few movies put them at the center, rather than the margins, then you will appreciate this work. It's debatable whether it could be called feminist, but if you want more films to come out that don't sweep older women under the rug, then you really should support this film. (And by the way, the screenit website said this movie was heavy on nudity and there was not nudity in it whatsoever. The scopophile in me felt tricked.)