CATEGORIES ReviewsCatherine Zeta-Jones hasn't exactly been plagued with box-office hits of late, and its more than seven years since she snagged that Oscar for Chicago. Is she simply not being offered roles like she used to be, or has she just been ultra-picky? The choices she has made – No Reservations and Death-Defying Acts – suggest the former.
But the title of her latest romcom - The Rebound - may prove metaphorically pertinent to her career. Find out what we thought of the film after the jump... The Rebound (15)
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Bartha, Kelly Gould, Andrew Cherry
Director: Bart Freundlich
Running time: 95 minutes
Trailer: Watch it here
The plot: Catherine Zeta-Jones hasn't exactly been plagued with box-office hits of late, and its more than seven years since she snagged that Oscar for Chicago. Is she simply not being offered roles like she used to be, or has she just been ultra-picky? The choices she has made – No Reservations and Death-Defying Acts – suggest the former, but the title of her latest romcom may prove metaphorically pertinent to her career. Mum of two Sandy (Zeta-Jones) leaves her adulterous husband for a new, independent life in New York City. When she finds herself falling for her much-younger male nanny Aram (Justin Bartha), she has to decide: is this some silly rebound thing, or the real deal?
What's good about it? Perhaps thanks to her marriage to moneyed Hollywood royalty, Michael Douglas, audiences have struggled to embrace Zeta-Jones as a relatable regular gal. But, somehow, she inhabits Sandy with conviction: the stats-obsessed sports geek who flourishes as soon as she gets some distance from her confidence-sapping husband. It's also thanks to Bartha that you buy this relationship: already divorced despite his youth, clearly questing for meaning in his life, Aram is a character that's easy to root for, and his easy bond with Sandy's kids (both excellent) gives the film real heart.
What's wrong with it? Indie director Bart Freundlich is totally at sea when the script lurches into mainstream comedy. Two implausible scenes – a female-assertiveness training session, and a disastrous blind date for Sandy in which her suitor continues a conversation with her while defecating in a kerb-side public convenience – are particularly incongruous.
Verdict: This year has hardly been a vintage one for chick flicks and romcoms, with It's Complicated leading a weak field populated by the likes of Valentine's Day and Leap Year. The Rebound is no classic, but it nevertheless manages to be oddly likeable.
Rating: 6 out of 10