Chick flicks are not my scene!
Many of the reviews refer to this being a chick flick which to my mind, suggests that it is rather for the younger female. I am not convinced either is completely true.
It is hard to decide who just who is the heroine here. Is it Amanda Seyfried's character or is it Vanessa Redgrave's? I believe it to be neither but rather both, collectively! However, whilst Venessa Redgrave appears to be quite comfortable and at home in her role, I am not completely convinced that Amanda Seyfried is quite so at ease. She gives a rather similar impression in 'Mamma Mia', which is a rather different movie and with very different demands.
I have seen this a few times and it is an enjoyable movie. The Italian scenery is wonderful. The story's premise is one that could happen and is therefore believable. I know from discussions with older friends in the past that events in their lives, often accidental rather than planned, may well cause changes in location, direction or finances and affect relationships. It is all too easy!
A very worthy effort.