Plot: When attending their son’s college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship…but the complicated fact is they’re divorced and he’s remarried.
This is a film about middle class white people, with no real problems and too much money.
But look how fun it can be being an ageing divorcee! Look at the older rich white lady do silly things. Look at her declare ‘I’m a bit of a slut!’ to her coven of girl friends, to be met with a round of cackling. Look at her smoke pot on a date with Steve Martin’s character and then messily eat a chocolate cake. Look at the old people having a technology-based mishap which results in Alec Baldwin exposing himself on webcam. Or you could not, and watch a film which is actually funny, where the characters aren’t insufferable and that you don’t walk away from feeling annoyed rather than endeared.
It’s not Meryl and her male counterparts that are the worst though, it’s her family. An infantilised group of adult children, self-obsessed over their own issues rather than their parents’ happiness. The point at which they started inconsolably crying at the sight of their father shedding a tear and then again at the possibility of him reuniting with their mother, as they’re still not over the first divorce, I screamed at the television and had to go and make a cup of tea. GROW UP.
Do you poke smot?
I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised that this film isn’t my cup of tea, as I’m about 30 years too young a touch too male. It’s by Nancy Meyers, the woman behind Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want and The Holiday, the kind of film you end up watching if you’re ill off work or your TV is stuck on ITV2.
I read an article on The Guardian that suggested that with a different soundtrack and 15% less hamminess, this could be the kind of film that Meryl could win an Oscar for. Seeing as she can get nominated for Music of the Heart and Into The Woods, this is worryingly plausible. An infuriating film that Meryl is much, much better than and where Alec Baldwin throws away all the goodwill from his stint on 30 Rock. Luckily for Steve Martin he hasn’t been funny since the 80s, so it’s not as much of a nadir.