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Feature 7.5
Video 7.0
Audio 6.0
Total 7.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: M15+
Minutes: 93
Reviewer: Hannah Lee

7.0


The Rebound

For a start, The Rebound has a very misleading title. Rebound relationships are meant to be simple, short-lived and superficial flings, without too much emotional investment and way too much sex. In fact you could say thatís exactly what a romantic comedy is Ė a distraction from bigger and better things. The Rebound, on the other hand, tells the story of a relationship that doesnít conform to the predictable outcomes of a rebound and sticks its toe over the average line in rom-com hierarchies with some genuinely funny moments and originality.

Sandy and Aram are two individuals who find themselves hurt and vulnerable after big divorces. Forty year old Sandy (Catherine Zeta-Jones) finds herself in a new apartment with her two children, looking for a new job in sports journalism and a new life away from her cheating husband, while twenty-four year old Aram (Justin Bartha) is abandoned by his French wife who simply got married to him as a means of getting her hands on an American citizenship. Despite their efforts to move on, the dating scene is unpromising and the pressures to find new flings attack them from left, right and centre. But once Aram is hired by Sandy to become a nanny for her children, their attraction for each other soon fishes them out of blind dates and depression, and opens them up to a unique love riddled with issues of age difference and conflicting expectations.

With such a premise as this, I donít think anyone could really expect Oscar-quality performances. It is pretty evident throughout the film where the strengths and weaknesses of each lead lies and this is masterfully used to provide a well balanced dynamic between the two actors so that neither of them draws attention to their flaws. Who knew that opposites could attract when it came to bad acting? While Catherine Zeta-Jones is more convincing than Justin Bartha in teary emotional moments, Barthaís oddly introverted charm in comedic moments hide Zeta-Jonesí painful stabs at humour so that most of the film is genuinely funny and entertaining rather than just plain awkward.

While this all sounds like a generic Hollywood rom-com, The Rebound takes a major turn into seriousness and a surprisingly realistic take on the fact that twentysomethings and fortysomethings are at very different points in their lives. Compared to the first half of the film, which is mainly centred around how weird Sandyís children are and odd moments involving vomit and rectal surgery, the second half of the film tries to raise emotionally challenging obstacles that hinder Aram and Sandy from just living happily ever after. What the film says about age difference isnít significantly thought-provoking or deep, but its attempts to follow an original path sets it apart from most romantic films that merely offer perfect and predictable ways of getting to a happy ending.

The Rebound isnít a notable achievement in the romantic comedy genre, but it is a small step towards better quality flicks. Like Sandy and Aram, the film doesnít conform to the pressures of being too predictable and tries to incorporate both the light heartedness of a twentysomething year old and the sentimentality you might find in a fortysomething year old woman. So maybe the title wasnít so misleading. Like a rebound, it is a fling Ė short-lived and superficial Ė but it leaves good memories, unlike most. 
 






 
 



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