(2014) (Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: An ornery real estate agent has his carefully planned retirement upended when his troubled son drops off his 10-year-old daughter with him for the nine months he'll be in prison.
- Very few people like real estate agent Oren Little (MICHAEL DOUGLAS), except for fellow agent Claire (FRANCES STERNHAGEN) whose family has run the agency for years. A widower, Oren is ornery and outspoken toward nearly everyone he meets and knows, and is looking to sell his home before retiring elsewhere. In the meantime, he's moved into a four-plex he owns that's named "Little Shangri-La" where three other tenants live as close friends. That includes widowed lounge singer Leah (DIANE KEATON) who has a lovely voice while accompanied by pianist Artie (ROB REINER), but never can get through a song without breaking into tears.
That's not the emotion that Oren experiences when his former drug addict son, Luke (SCOTT SHEPHERD), stops by and informs Oren that he's dropping off his 10-year-old daughter, Sarah (STERLING JERINS), to stay with her grandfather for the next nine months while Luke is in prison. Oren refuses the arrangement and thus is infuriated when Luke drops off the granddaughter he's never met, thus forcing Leah to take in the girl while Oren decides what he's going to do. As he eventually starts to accept Sarah as his own flesh and blood, he also starts to have feelings for Leah, developments that not only start to change his demeanor, but possibly also his plans.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're fans of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some sexual references and drug elements.
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