Have any of you seen this movie? I just love surprises, and one of my favorite surprises is watching a movie that actually lives up to its hype (people were going on and on about this one) – and more. This was an absolutely fantastic piece of film making from the writing, cinematography, directing, and acting.
First off, it’s a movie for adults. That’s not a swipe at anybody, it’s just that the themes and storylines would seemingly have no interest to a younger crowd. Jack Nicholson plays Harry Sanborn, “a perennial playboy with a libido much younger than his years.” Somewhere along the way however, the 63 year old has a coming of age revelation along with an unexpected twist of fate that both saves his live, and changes it. Frances McDormand is convincing in her rather minimal supporting role as the feminist sister of Diane Keaton’s character adding color and back story dialog while Amanda Peet plays the perky, attractive, free spirited, daughter who brings the Harry Sanborn character, more than 30 years her elder, into her mother’s beach house for what she thought would be a private weekend getaway; until the unexpected arrival of her mother and aunt, which simply starts a string of wonderful film moments that provide emotional range, thought provoking dialogue, and a sweet, romantic ending that brought a big goofy grin to my face (and I’m betting will do so to yours).
If I have any criticism whatsoever, it would only be one based on a personal quirk. The casting of Keanu Reeves as the young, nice doctor whose character is a necessary and delightful part of the film; yet unless he is playing an evil twisted menace like the Donnie Barksdale character in The Gift, he just isn’t totally convincing to me. I must be fair though, he did do a good job in this movie, and I just would have believed it more if it were someone like Greg Kinnear or Hank Azaria in the role (but that’s just my opinion). I’m giving this movie 5 out of 5 (pick your own cutsie units) and calling it a must see.