starring: Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman
genre:Romance, Drama, Comedy
plot: A therapist learns that her 30something patient is dating her 20something son, and finds herself caught in the middle.
This starts off sort of innocently, the lead character is freshly divorced, and expresses her heartbreak to her therapist and that she's met this much younger guy. The therapist tells her she should go for it and convinces her the 14 year age difference doesn't matter. Soon, she learns it's her own son that her patient is dating. The therapist then removes herself from the situation torn between what she believes is right for her patient and wrong for her own family, the biggest issue not being the age difference but the religious one.
Talk about killing two birds with one stone. This film slaps it all out there. Two of the biggest dating worries. How okay is it to get into a serious relationship with someone much younger/older then yourself, and how serious should you take the difference in spiritual believes into account?
The humour comes when we see the lead male hanging around with his buddies who are petty when it comes to dumping women after one date, and in the Streep character's uncomfortableness with hearing about her son's sex life and not being able to say anything about it.
As the couple grow, both as a couple and just within themselves, they end up relying less and less on their best friends and more on their own gut feelings.
Thurman's character is the only one who seems to be really juggling the fact she's dating a man 14 years younger than herself. Where as the idea that he's Jewish and she's not, doesn't seem to even be a question in her mind. But it's the only issue for his entire family.
What each gets out of the relationship, is a way to face what they really want in life. For her it's a family, and for him it's to be able to follow his dream career. She gives him the strength to paint for a living, and he gives her the chance to realize she needs to feel like she belongs to something bigger than herself.
What did I learn? Sometimes love really isn't enough.