This story centers around two sisters Rose and Maggie with very different personalities and behaviors. The older sister Rose takes care of the younger sister Maggie and is always cleaning up her mistakes, so when Maggie has an affair with a guy that Rose is dating, the relationship between the sisters completely falls apart. This comedy/drama/romance stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Mark Feuerstein and Shirley MacLaine.
Normally I do not gravitate towards drama/romance films but this was highly recommended to me by my sister. I also felt like I needed a change of pace so I am putting thrillers on hold for a bit. The subject of the story caught my interest because I was able to identify with the older sister Rose like how Maggie is always stealing Rose’s shoes.
I liked how the film is focused on developing and describing the lives and interactions of the sisters. While watching the film you feel like you really get to know the characters and throughout the story you are able to see how their lives progress.
The story primarily takes place in two cities: Philadelphia and Miami. They filmed the parts in Miami at two local retirement communities. ( In the bonus features on the DVD it has interviews from several of the actors from the retirement communities.) I enjoyed the parts of the film that included the older actors as the older actors brought humor and depth of character to the story.
I like how these characters from the retirement community call things as they see it. For example, one of the best scenes is when Maggie is swimming in the pool in her bikini while the older gentlemen are ogling her. An elderly woman walks over to Maggie’s belongings by the pool and asks “Who’s Rose?” Maggie then responds, “There’s this thing called privacy Dora”. At this, the elderly lady sitting with Maggie’s grandmother replies as an aside “This from a girl who puts a postage stamp on her bottom and calls it a swim suit.”
It’s also notable that the inclusion of poetry in the dialogue brought forth some of the most emotional and heartfelt scenes: when Maggie is reading a poem to the elderly professor and also when she reads a poem by E. E. Cummings at Rose’s wedding.
Lastly, let’s talk a little bit about the music. The movie opens with the song “Stupid Girl” by Garbage. The song was a great choice and set the tone of the story as it was reflective of the current behaviors of the main characters. At the end of the film however, the music and scenery choice did not seem to fit the characters. The Jamaican themed wedding and music did not match the personalities of both Rose and Simon. Rose and Simon had one of their dates at the Jamaican restaurant and he proposed there but neither one of them were part of that culture. This did not make any sense and was out of sync with the rest of the film.
Overall I enjoyed the film and the bonus clips on the DVD. I did add it to my personal collection and do recommend it to anyone who is looking for a “feel good” movie.
Rating: 4/5 Stars