February 21st, 2012 22:01 EST
DVD Review By Robert Paul Reyes: 'The Rebound' Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones
"The Rebound" has a familiar plot, in fact we`ve seen it a gazillion times. Sandy,a well-off suburban housewife, played by Zeta Jones enjoys an idyllic life, until she finds out that her husband is cheating on her. She immediately packs her young son and daughter into the car and heads for the Big Apple.
Makes sense: Sandy hasn`t worked in years, and she moves into an apartment in one of the most expensive cities in the world. She should have kicked her husband out of their home, and started an affair with the mailman.
Sandy meets an affable 25-year-old barista named Aram (Bartha), who works in the coffee shop below her apartment. Sandy, who is 40, hires him as a live-in nanny, and eventually she is having s[e]x with him. Isn`t that the natural progression of things? I don`t care how affable Aram may be, you don`t hire a young dude who`s practically a stranger as a nanny.
There must be real chemistry between the leading actors for a romantic comedy to work, especially if it`s a May-December romance .There would be more s[e]xual tension on the screen if Adam Lambert and Oprah Winfrey played the lead roles.
OK, so the movie doesn`t work as a romantic comedy, but does it work as a feature-length situation comedy? There is better chemistry between Aram and Sandy`s children, but there is too much swearing and sophomoric scenes for the flick to work as a family-friendly movie.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is beautiful and I love watching her on the silver screen; I wish the movie was about Sandy falling in love with herself.
Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Bartha, Andrew Cherry, Kelly Gould, Lynn Whitfield, Kate Jennings Grant, Rob Kerkovich, Sam Robards, John Schneider, Joanna Gleason, Art Garfunkel
Director/screenwriter: Bart Freundlich
Producers: Tim Perell, Mark Gill, Robert Katz
Executive producers: Neil Sacker, Michael Goguen
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