Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2009. Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Waverly Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Dentsu. Screenplay by Nancy Meyers. Cinematography by John Toll. Produced by Nancy Meyers, Scott Rudin. Music by Heitor Pereira, Hans Zimmer. Production Design by Jon Hutman. Costume Design by Sonia Grande. Film Editing by Joe Hutshing, David Moritz. Golden Globe Awards 2009.
Ten years after her husband (Alec Baldwin) left her for a much younger woman, Meryl Streep is a confident and adjusted single woman with three kids and a collection of good girlfriends. When she attends her son’s graduation in New York City and finds her ex there alone, the two of them have dinner and drinks together and, crazily enough, end up in bed. It’s a crazy mistake soon forgotten, until he shows up at her house back in California, announcing that he wants to initiate an affair with her that she finds she can’t resist. Complicating matters is the appearance of a sweet, divorced architect (Steve Martin) who is remodeling Streep’s house and has taken a genuine shine to her. Director Nancy Meyers reconfigures her wonderful Something’s Gotta Give as a vehicle for one of the greatest actresses in cinema history, and has a wonderful time bringing out all her most cherishable character traits. Streep’s humour, wily intelligence and painful vulnerability carry a breezy, likeable film that never tries to get too serious but certainly has its moments of genuine meaning. Her chemistry with both of her male co-stars is wonderful, Baldwin is especially great, and the film’s mellow pace suits the thoughful examination of second chances and the never-ending need to make important life choices.