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So-so chick flick
on 7 November 2007
26-year old Carter Webb (Adam Brody) is a struggling writer who has just been dumped by his girlfriend. With nothing else to do, he moves in with his grandmother and becomes involved with the family across the street especially the which unhappily-married mother (Meg Ryan) and an angst-filled teenage daughter (Kristen Stewart).
The pop soundtrack and the gorgeous neighbourhood where the movie was filmed are the highlights of this movie. The woodsy setting is a perfect place for love to bloom and something blooms between Carter and the mother and the daughter, but, unfortunately, it's not quite love and not quite anything else.
Carter is a too-perfect guy who provides wisdom and comfort to both women while eventually resolving some issues of his own. However, Adam Brody, playing a calmer version of his quirky Seth from "The OC," is too low-key to be a leading man. He fades into the background while Meg Ryan's needy wife takes center stage, but she doesn't grab our hearts, either. She looks too young for the part. Her character goes through a lot, but unfortunately, the story never quite hits a home run in the emotions department. It comes close, but falls short of real poignancy, which is not only a shame, but rather surprising, considering it's a story about heartbreak, cancer, and death.
All in all, it's on a par with a big-budget TV-movie; fine, but not memorable.