July 27, 2010 Leave a comment
On the basis of the promotional material, you couldn’t go far wrong in anticipating that The Rebound is another safe, 12A-rated, sickeningly homogenised, achingly middle-class examination of relationships, free of any of the passion or thought that goes into real, human love. While many of these assumptions are true, The Rebound benefits from the edgier allowance of a 15-rating, and a fun performance from the still-gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones, even if it struggles to land smoothly in the final stages.
Sandy (Zeta-Jones) is a driven, independent mother of two who has recently moved to New York City after discovering that her husband cheated on her. Here she rents an apartment above a coffee shop, where she becomes fast friends with one of the shop’s employees, Aram Finklestein (Justin Bartha), a 25-year-old, directionless graduate who quickly shows an interest in her. He’s great with kids, never looks at other women and is generally nice as pie, but there’s one problem; he’s twenty years younger than her. Can they overcome the insurmountable odds? Will they realise that age is merely a number? Will true love prevail?