David Bloomberg (played by Bryan Greenberg) is a smart guy and a talented artist who lives in New York city. He is very close with his extended family – they are not keen on him being an artist (much preferring him to be an accountant) but, being Jewish, they are very keen for him to marry within his religion. His roommate Morris (by Jon Abrahams) is a one-time only dater with a habit of dramatically breaking up with each girl after the first date. They live in a typically chaotic apartment inhabited by young guys. One evening, David runs into a group of friends at the movies and is introduced to Raphaelle ‘Rafi’ Gardet (by Uma Thurman). He is instantly attracted to her. He’s aware she is older than him but ventures to ask her out anyway and they start dating. Rafi is tentative because she’s trying to get over a failed marriage, but she feels a “spark” with him and loves how witty and talented he is. She is also flattered by the attention of this much younger man so she shares her confusing feelings with her great therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger (by Meryl Streep). After a few sessions, the therapist realizes that Rafi is having this affair with her son! Dr Metzger is now in a professional and personal dilemma … her client – with her son?? her older client – with her younger son?? her older gentile client – with her younger Jewish son?? …this is just far too much for her to comprehend, far less live with. Will the strength of Rafi and David’s relationship withstand the tension and influence of those around them who just don’t understand?
I am quite prepared to admit that I am the totally wrong demographic to enjoy this movie, at least I hope so. For the most part, it follows the usual romantic comedy storyline and structure, but there is an intriguing ending which actually makes it nicer than most. Bryan Greenberg and Uma Thurman have a marvellous chemistry on screen and do make a wonderful couple in the story. She is just a stunning beauty who radiates from the screen and he is a handsome fellow, who looks older than he is – hence the plausibility of this scenario. Jon Abrahams is totally annoying and immature, but just right to play Morris. Meryl Streep is completely awful as Dr Metzger – her styling and makeup is apalling and I am sure she didn’t have to try too hard to achieve what she provided for this role. The comedy is very clumsy throughout. However, the grandparents (by Doris Belack and Jerry Adler) are typical and very good. It’s not side-splittingly funny, more just a bit average for me. As a movie, it’s okay to pass the time.
Made in 2005. Directed by Ben Younger