I watched this film expecting little - another Jennifer "Rachel Green" Aniston vehicle or something. In the end, I was enchanted by it. Aniston seems really comfortable in the role of Nina, a character who you come to like straight away for her warmth, openness and wit. Paul Rudd is also excellent as George, Nina's gay flatmate. The film uses his homosexuality as a part of the plot and nothing more, with George seeking love, friendships and stability in the same way as everyone else - this approach is a breath of fresh air and should help dispel some misconceptions and prejudices.
However, I was most impressed, perhaps unsurprisingly, by the performance of Nigel Hawthorne. His portrayal of the ageing, rejected and yet dignified art critic is superb, and many of his scenes are the most thought-provoking. He truly is the cream of the acting profession.
The film is basically a feel-good movie, delivering a fairly predictable (and yet satisfying) ending. Issues such as parental obligations, break-ups and of course homosexuality are subtley dealt with, and are easily applicable to males and females, gays and straights. You will be utterley absorbed in the lives of Nina and George, and wanting nothing more than for these two dear people to find a solution to their problems.
A charming film, totally believable and thoroughly engrossing, I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.