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Rosie (Michelle Pfeiffer) is a forty something producer of a TV show that has lost its popularity. When twenty something actor Adam (Paul Rudd) is hired to star with prima donna actress Brianna (Stacey Dash), he and Rosie hit it off, but Rosie thinks their age difference is insurmountable. At home, there are other issues to contend with, such as the crush her eleven year old daughter Izzie (Saoirse Ronan) has on another student, her ex-husband (Jon Lovitz) who is a constant presence in her life, work pressures from network director (Fred Willard) and the ever-present mystical Mother Nature (Tracy Ullman).

Review by Louise Keller:
Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd and Saoirse Ronan are three good reasons to see this delightful romantic comedy in which Pfeiffer's forty-something sit com producer Rosie falls for Rudd's younger man. Ronan, sporting a perfect American accent, is an added bonus as Pfeiffer's sexually aware eleven year old, whose crush on a boy at school echoes her mother's burgeoning love affair. Needless to say, all the advice Rosie gives her daughter is at odds with her own actions. Writer director Amy Heckerling's script captures the essence of the backstabbing, competitive nature of the youth-obsessed world of television, while the central characters are likeable and fun to know. The relationships develop with plenty of charm and it's hard to understand why a film with so much going for it has ended up going directly to the DVD shelves. However, it should quickly find an appreciative home audience.

Pfeiffer's Rosie is obsessed with getting old and according to ex husband Nathan (Jon Lovitz), who pops in and out at inopportune times, she wears Doc Martins in the hope they will make her look like a teenager. When she meets and hires Rudd's extraverted and funny actor Adam, she is immediately drawn to him. He makes her laugh. Despite her concerns about their age difference ('young is far superior to old; just like tall outranks short, cute outranks smart'), they start to date. There's a sleepover involving popcorn, toasted sandwiches and lots of laughs, and there's something totally energising about watching Pfeiffer and Rudd jumping on the bed like teenagers. At work, her increasingly bitchy assistant Jeannie (Sarah Alexander) gives Rosie cause to be jealous and doubt her new relationship, while Izzie is working overtime to impress Dylan (Rory Copus), the cute boy at school.

Rudd is ultra likeable and he and Pfeiffer make a great pair. This is Ronan's first movie role (before Atonement and Death Defying Acts) and is as polished a performer (while retaining her credible eleven year old status) as they come. She sings, too, by the way. Perhaps the only element that does not work well is Tracey Ullman's 'environmental nut' Mother Nature, who appears dressed like a Greek goddess as she spouts words of advice to Rosie in her daily life. Special features on the DVD include deleted scenes.

Published August 28, 2008

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(US, 2007)

CAST: Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Saoirse Ronan, Stacey Dash, Fred Willard, Jon Lovitz, Sarah Alexander, Tracey Ullman

PRODUCER: Cerise Hallam Larkin, Alan Latham, Philippe Martinez

DIRECTOR: Amy Heckerling

SCRIPT: Amy Heckerling


EDITOR: Kate Coggins


RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes


SPECIAL FEATURES: Never before seen deleted scenes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: August 27, 2008

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