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The Rebound [Blu-ray]
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You'll love this fresh and funny romantic comedy starring Academy Award(R) Winner Catherine Zeta-Jones* (No Reservations, Ocean's Twelve) and Justin Bartha (The Hangover, National Treasure). When Sandy (Zeta-Jones) catches her husband fooling around with her friend, she packs up the kids, moves to Manhattan, and starts a new life. Desperately needing a babysitter, Sandy turns to a handsome coffee shop clerk named Aram (Bartha). Soon, unexpected sparks are flying between Sandy and her new "nanny" - who also happens to be twenty years younger! Falling in love and freaking out, Sandy must decide if her feelings for Aram are real or is Aram catching her on "the rebound"?
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I only gave it 5 stars because it was really good and cute but I wouldn't put it up there with rom-coms like He's Just Not That Into You. But it is really good and sweet and fun.
This story basically starts with a forty-year-old, married Sandy, on her laptop looking through video clips of her beautiful children for her son's Birthday Party. As she's perusing through the happy scenes, she spies in the background her husband being unfaithful. Thankfully, as this is a comedy, his behavior does not get explored in detail. We quickly focus on Sandy and the children moving into an apartment in New York City above a coffee shop. This is where the very amiable Aram works and they all first meet.
The children quickly take notice of him and immediately like him. Shortly after meeting Aram, he offers his babysitting services to free up Sandy for her now necessary job hunt. Sandy gains work for a major sports network as she's an avid sports fan and educated in this area. Her boss, Laura Reilly is strongly acted by Lynn Whitfield who becomes a definite role model for Sandy. The 'babysitter', whom the children adore and so does Sandy, is permanently employed as the kid's "manny". The two find a comfortable friendship with each other by this time and Sandy is getting more stable and happy with her life after the incident with her now ex-husband.
Aram has a degree in Sociology, although is content working in the coffee shop as he has been hit hard emotionally by a relationship also. He married a French woman who used him cruelly. He lives with his parents, the Finkelstein's (Art Garfunkel acts the part of the father in a uniquely comedic role). Aram possesses a generous, warm and thoughtful nature that one couldn't help but love. One of Sandy's friends begins urging, even hounding her to go on a blind date with a Chiropractor, Trevor (John Schneider), while Sandy really doesn't want any part of it. She finally relents and leaves the kids with Aram to go out with him. As far as blind dates go, this one takes the cake as Trevor is a complete fool and Sandy's responses to him are quite funny. When she returns to the apartment after the date from hell, Aram is there for her afterward. You could definitely say she is happy about that...
As usual with this type of movie, there is a plot twist. This one was quite an unexpected one for me. I won't go forward describing this easygoing and workable film as it really would be a spoiler for anyone interested in seeing this. You will be seeing some beautiful scenery and further explore the soundtrack (Jim Black) that starts with a bang from the beginning. While Sandy is yelling out the song "B**ch" (Meredith Brooks) in her car while driving, Aram sings "Every Time You Go Away" (Paul Young) to Sadie so she'll fall asleep. It is always enjoyable to see Catherine Zeta-Jones in this type of role; strong and vulnerable at the same time. She is one actress that can do this with ease while adding her razor sharp and dry wit. Justin Bartha has the innocence and sweet qualities to flesh out the role of Aram, bringing him to life. The two share an easy rapport and a believable chemistry for an interesting and funny view with a new twist on the May~'September' relationship. Sure, Aram is younger than Sandy, but she is only forty when they meet... hardly a May~December relationship for me.
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