A light-hearted meditation on the cares and commitments of adulthood Bart Freundlichs rom-com drama is a witty ultra-contemporary vision of urban love. Two Manhattan couples enjoy complicated relationships Tom and Rebecca (David Duchovny and Julianne Moore) are a glamorous married couple with two kids and a troubled sex life Rebeccas best friend Elaine (Maggie Gylenhaal) is in a long-term relationship with Rebeccas brother Tobey (Billy Crudup) who is also Toms best friend. Tom has recently quit his advertising job to be a stay-at-home dad and Rebecca is a successful actress with a depleting libido thus despite the couples obvious closeness Toms porn consumption and general distraction have increased considerably. Meanwhile Elaine juggles a stressful job in publishing and a fledgling career as a childrens-book author while Tobeys job as a copywriter is considerably less demanding. It is soon evident that Tobey has never quite grown up and when Elaine decides that she wants to get married and have kids she realizes shell have to do it with someone else. The turmoil that ensues contains a number of hilarious emotionally charged encounters between friends and lovers and an undeniably romantic conclusion. The tale unfolds anecdotally in a style of verbal-sparring that recalls Woody Allen so too does the preponderance of recognizable New York locations in a view of the city that makes the most of its charms. The movie also boasts well-executed cameos by Ellen Barkin as an imperious publisher James LeGros as an eccentric songster Eva Mendes as a temptress from Tobeys past and Garry Shandling as an earringed therapist.
Cast and director interviews, Deleted scenese
Release Date: 05 March 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 96 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
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