The Rebound

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The Rebound
Thanks in equal part to Woody Allen and ‘Sex in the City’, New York’s Upper East Side is defined as a place where smart ladies talk dirty over lunch, ageing Jewish couples force kids into high-paying jobs when all they want is to create, and every coffee shop is staffed by hipsters and their wisecracking best buddies. It’s perhaps impressive that ‘The Rebound’ is so unafraid to embrace cliché, but there are limits.

Catherine Zeta Jones plays Sandy, the divorced mother of two adorable tots, who finds herself falling for a 24-year-old barista (Justin Bartha). He’s smart, charming and great with the kids, but is he too young? ‘The Rebound’ has its share of witty repartee and romantic insight, but it’s lacking in originality or conflict: the romantic trials of two wealthy, good-looking people, whose only barriers to happiness are their own petty insecurities, become tedious, and it’s not helped by some stilted dialogue and awkward, mannered performances.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday July 30 2010
Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bart Freundlich
Screenwriter: Bart Freundlich
Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones
Justin Bartha

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Watching this movie one could easily be forgiven for drawing comparison with Zeta Jones own marriage to a man nearly twice her age - however this is more than just your typical film about an older lady who falls for a younger guy. Both leads are brilliant. Justin Bartha is a revelation and anyone who doesn't fall with his character by the end of the movie is either a) heartless b) in denial. He is simply outstanding and CZJ excels in a type of nuanced role that she really should try more often. Sure it has its cheesy moments but its all part of its overall appeal. A very smart script penned by Julianne Moores husband and some genuinely touching moments, its more than just a rom-com (if you can call it that) it's a rom-com for adults. Good stuff.