Top positive review
A prime example of an enjoyable film
on 30 November 2011
CAREFUL - SPOILERS
This is a surprising film which will trip up viewers with its unusual storyline and have them gasping in shock, laughing out loud, questioning some preconceptions and having fun all at the same time. I have to admit that we saw it by chance, despite Streep, whose films I generally watch as she is dependable.
In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan which comes out so well in the film one would be forgven for thinking it is Woody Allen directing (It isn't. It is Ben Younger directing and his original story.) Rafi Gardet (Thurman), not quite recovered from a recent divorce but throwing herself into her photography as therapy, meets David Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg) a painter fresh out of college. Despite their fourteen year age difference, they are attracted and gradually fall in love.
However, their differences, age, religion (Jewish and non-practising Catholic), culture (Jewish and New York high-end fashion) constantly plague them in their uncertainties. Rafi decides on therapy, not realising her therapist (Streep) is her lover's mother, something which gradually dawns on Streep too, a traditional, controlling, Jewish and stereotypical mother.
We were surprised by this film. Seeing it by chance was a happy accident. Buy the DVD.