In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris' cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Miles (Jack Black) tells Iris (Kate Winslet) that Simon & Garfunkel composed an original score for The Graduate (1967), he is partially correct. Paul Simon wrote new songs for the film, many of which, like "Mrs. Robinson" and "At the Zoo", were recorded on the Simon & Garfunkel album "Bookends". But Mike Nichols, director of The Graduate (1967), didn't use any of Simon's new songs except the wordless "dee-dee-dee" chorus from "Mrs. Robinson". Instead, he used mostly older Simon & Garfunkel songs like "The Sound of Silence" and "Scarborough Fair". See more »
When talking with Graham at his home, after his daughters have gone to bed, Amanda's earrings change length (position) throughout the conversation with him. The earrings are a gold chain that slides through the ear lobe. See more »
A movie without overt sex, violence, gunfire, explosions or profanity...and I still really enjoyed it!
While this movie is not going to be a masterpiece and held up in the future as an example of "great" film making, it was, in my opinion, a well made, albeit predictable, movie.
I did appreciate the storyline was a bit of a formula, but it had enough in the sub plots to keep me interested all the way through.
I got what I expected and a little more from the lead characters, but was a little disappointed in the performance of Jack Black. I am a fan of Jack, but am seeing a lot of the same from him in his facial contortions. Even so the character was "lovable"! The real surprise for me was the whole "Arthur Abbott" (Eli Wallach) sub plot. It was delightful and saved the show from the malaise that plagues the romantic comedy, that being predictability.
I am not a romantic comedy type of guy, yet I was sucked into this movie well and truly.
As I left, I felt like I had been treated as a human being. I had not been assaulted by the violence, overt sexual references, gunfire and the explosions that seem to be everywhere. (Not that I don't like a good "shoot the baddies" or "indecent suggestive action" type of movie).
This was just good clean "fun"! And I would see it again (next year maybe!)
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