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Genres: Comedy , Drama , Romance
Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar , Alec Baldwin , Maggie Grace , James Naughton , Chris Carmack , Vanessa Branch , Peter Scolari , Marian Seldes , Ebon Moss-Bachrach , Jill Eikenberry , Marin Ireland , Nathan Corddry , Amad Jackson , Jason Antoon , Stephanie Berry
Director: Marc Klein
Country: United States
Year: 2007
IMDB Rating: 5.5/10 (5001 votes)

Brett, a young woman from the suburbs, is an associate editor at a small New York publishing house, hoping to be promoted when, on the same day, she meets a literary lion, Archie Knox, who’s 50 and who shows an interest in her, and gets a new boss, a dolly-dolly Brit. Brett is soon dating Archie, then moves in with him. He’s charming, attentive, and gives advice. He also has a history – ex-wives, a distant daughter, a couple of diseases, and a photo album of former girlfriends. It’s no fairy tale: family issues (and more) intervene, and Brett has decisions to make. Meanwhile, she’s working with a writer who fears peanut butter sticking to the roof of his mouth. Is Archie dinner, an hors d’oeuvre, or a peanut-butter sandwich?

Film Review

The oddly named movie about a book editor is lavishly portrayed in this brilliantly colorful movie that has splashes of dazzling array of photographic hues and tones that make many scenes picture-book snapshots. Overall, this romantic drama is a coming of age movie about a young lady who falls for the older man. Along the way Sarah Michelle's character must confront her own family issues as well as the complications of relationships as professional office politics. This is sort of a Devil's Wears Prada (2006) junior version of the book world. A predictable, but entertaining movie, nice to look at, with a few improvements on the older stuff. Seven out of Ten Stars.

Brett (Sarah Michelle Gellar) has come from New Jersey to take a bite out of the Big Apple. As an associate editor for a book publishing company, she is hoping to advance her career and stay in New York permanently. However, when she stops at a book store and tries to substitute some of her company’s books for ones on display, the manager gives her a tongue lashing. Not long after that, however, she stumbles upon a legend in the publishing business. That would be Archie Knox (Alec Baldwin), a middle aged man who is still very attractive and charming. As Brett is young and beautiful, Archie makes a big play for her, even though she already has a boyfriend and he has a long list of past girlfriends and wives. With a powerful connection growing between the two of them, Brett agrees to begin a relationship with Archie. He even arranges for her to score some points at work. But, then a new boss arrives, Brett’s father becomes ill and Archie confesses that he is …

why did this movie NOT make it big? Because it bumped along like real lives do, without smarmy adolescent humor or action to depend upon. A real acting job from Sarah Michelle Gellar, with real filming instead of for the boob tube. Don't watch this movie if you want to guffaw or ooh and awwh – this one is sweet with a bit of sadness, like life really lived. It's never going to be appreciated as the kind of homage to Michele Gellar that Broken Embraces was for Penelope Cruz, but I hope that people realize that Gellar's acting chops are good enough for her to deserve such a vehicle. If not, this will do, so long as you don't compare it to the book or to the misogynist frat boy stuff out there…and Alec Baldwin is as amazingly believable as Gellar when he pops an important question and their faces register real human emotions as the import of their words sinks in. These two professionals have learned how to let deepening feelings flicker, one after the other, over th…