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by John Andrew (subscribe)
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Published November 11th 2015
Gentle wisdom

I would not have picked Robert de Niro for the part of a quietly competent wise widower, rarely at a loss for the helpful word. I would have been wrong. He is totally convincing in his part and the way in which he supports and advises Anne Hathaway (playing the boss of a start-up fashion house, stressed at work and at home) is a delight to watch.

De Niro is finding retirement lonely and unfulfilling, and ends up as the driver and ultimately as the confidante of Anne Hathaway. There are some great comedic moments as each helps the other bridge the generation gap.

Hathaway is great as the boss of a start-up which has expanded exponentially and almost uncontrollably, giving her little time or energy to deal with crises at home.

Her daughter is precisely the daughter or grand-daughter we would love to have, and Rene Russo (who becomes De Niro's love interest) is very much the masseuse to sooth a savage breast.

The resolutions of the inevitable problems may be a little bit too easy, but, all in all, the film delivers what it promises a gentle "feel-good" script.

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Running time:
121 min
Nancy Meyers
Screen writer:
Nancy Meyers
Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
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Why? A gentle feel good movie
When: Now
Where: Cinemas across Australia
Cost: $18
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