Aspiring writer Carter Webb has just been dumped by his true love, Sophia. Heartbroken and depressed, Carter escapes Los Angeles to suburban Michigan to care for his ailing grandmother and to work on a book he has always wanted to write. Soon after his arrival, Carter stumbles into the lives of the family living directly across the street: Sarah Hardwicke, and her daughters, Paige and Lucy. His relationships with all of these women help Carter discover that what felt like an end was only just the beginning of something else…
OC fans will be delighted to see Adam Brody again. Carter, Adam’s character, has a lot of the Seth Cohen qualities that OC fans will be amused by, and his overall performance in the film is just as adorable as his days in The OC. I have to mention this upfront though, if you’re looking for any special extras featuring Mr. Brody, youâ€™ll be highly disappointed.
The film deals with a variety of topics from life-threatening illness, breakups, broken homes, and coping with death. A lot of heavy topics swirl around in this film. We start with Carter Webb, Brody, who is a 26-year-old writer who specializes in soft porn. He finds himself stuck when his Spanish actress girlfriend Sofia breaks his heart. He heads out east to stay with his grandmother for awhile, take care of her and spend some quality time writing. He finds himself interacting with the women who live near by, and these relationships that form that change everyone involved for the better.
Overall, this film was pretty enjoyable, it’s not overly memorable or something that I would say is a must see by any means (unless you’re a die-hard Adam Brody fan, in which case it definitely is). But I have to say I admire it for what it is, a realist drama. It’s not a typical Hollywood film that feeds you that every story will also have a happy ending. Life isn’t perfect, which this film reflects, yet there are still moments that occur in life where other people touch us and affect our lives for the better, thus making us better people. This movie is a representation of those moments.
Review by Emma Loggins