The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.
In conservative West Orange, New Jersey, the Ostroff and Walling families are very close. David Walling and Terry Ostroff are inseparable best friends and run together everyday. David has problems with his wife, Paige. He frequently sleeps alone in his office. Their daughter, Vanessa, is frustrated because she has not succeeded in her career as a designer. Their son, Toby, is moving to China on a temporary assignment. Terry's wife, Cathy, ignores him. Their daughter Nina moved to San Francisco five years ago. Near Thanksgiving, Nina's boyfriend Ethan betrays her at his birthday party and Nina returns to her parents house. Nina argues with her mother and draws closer to David. Soon they have an affair and fall in love, turning the lives of the people close to them upside-down. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. From early on, you get a feel for the mood, but you're very unsure of how it will end.
The dynamic between all of the characters is quite realistic for people in such a peculiar situation. You learn to care about them in all their wrong doing. At times, you want to bash all of them over the head, but by the end of the film it comes around full circle. It was fun to see Hugh Laurie as a sad sack, and Catherine Keener with the tough exterior. To me, this role isn't much different from any other of Leighton's films, but she was fine nonetheless.
If you go into the film expecting a cute romantic comedy with some drama, think deeper. It has wit, and drama, but not as much one on one romance. It's more about the relationships people have with everyone in their lives and how delicate each one truly is for its own reasons.
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