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  Rated PG-13 · 85 minutes · 2015

Comedy drama, Romance
Director/co-writer Brett Haley’s simple, low-key character drama gets a boost from Blythe Danner’s lovely lead performance and a unique spin on the crises of purpose that can face us at any age. Danner plays Carol, a long-widowed California woman who responds to the death of her dog companion by finally reaching out from her bridge-playing pals to new relationships, including a friendship with her pool cleaner (Martin Starr) and a romance with a new arrival in the retirement community (Sam Elliott). Haley generally resists obvious gags and sentimentality, though he does trot out the old “isn’t it hilarious when old people get stoned” bit. Mostly, it allows Danner room to do spirited work as a woman who’s finally trying to figure out what she wants from the rest of her life, even as Starr’s under-employed pool guy provides a great generations-removed counterpoint. While never revelatory, it almost always feels sweet and honest—and who knew the year’s heart-melting-est romantic line would be Sam Elliott saying, “I like you a little bit, I think.”


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Director: Brett Haley
Producer: Rebecca Green, Laura Smith, Brett Haley, Jason Howard, Mary Crosland, Erik Rommesmo, Jeff Schlossman and Bill Wallwork
Cast: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Place, Reid Scott, John Beasley and Max Gail

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