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This review is from: Starting Out in the Evening [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The movie lacks action. The dialogue between the lives of the people involved is the enjoyment of the film. On the surface, the movie is a May-December romance, but there is no sex involved. Frank Langella plays Leonard Schiller, an author who has seen better days. Lauren Ambrose plays the 25 year old Heather Wolfe writing her master thesis on Schiller, and Lil Taylor plays a 40 year old daughter in mid life crisis. The deeper theme of the story is about women living their life for themselves instead of for a man.
The heroes in Schiller's first two novels were such women, even though while during his own life he insisted his wife live for him. He dislikes the idea his daughter who has spent her life doing what the man wanted to do. The movie is about relationships between couples, but gives us more questions than answers.
Yes there is some "brief nudity" in the film and believe me, I could have lived my entire life without seeing Frank Langella's junk.