SIFF Says:You’re never too old to fall in love. Blythe Danner (“Will & Grace,” MEET THE PARENTS) portrays Carol, an elderly retired schoolteacher who has settled into her age and shied away from new experiences since the death of her husband two decades before. When the passing of her beloved dog and the stern prodding from her sassy friends push her back out into the dating scene, she’s bewildered. As she tentatively ventures out of the house, she makes a connection with Bill, played with charm by Sam Elliott (“Justified”, THE BIG LEBOWSKI), who shares some of her interests and anxieties. At the same time, Carol also forges an unexpected bond with the young man that cleans her pool (Martin Starr “Freaks & Geeks”, KNOCKED UP). Learning that it’s never too late to begin again, she picks up old passions and rebuilds a life outside of her narrow comfort zone. The laughs are plentiful and the dynamic cast boasts a believable and warm on-screen chemistry. This funny and delightful romantic comedy will have you falling in love with its engaging lead and the message that endless possibilities are around the corner at any age.
Films about senior citizens frequently succumb to the cute and the mawkish, so writer-director Brett Haley’s empathetic character study comes as a refreshing change of pace. After the death of her beloved dog pushes her back into the world, Blythe Danner’s retired schoolteacher befriends a younger man (a very good Martin Starr) and a cigar-chomping older one (a squinty Sam Elliott), but this is mostly Danner’s show and she’s terrific. (KATHY FENNESSY)
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