Release date:October 15, 2004
(NY, SF; LA release: October 22; wider release: November 5)
MPAA Rating:R (for language and sexuality)
Starring:Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Paul Rudd, Lois Smith, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden
Louise Harrington (Linney), a divorced, thirty-something admission's office at Columbia University's School of Fine Arts is intelligent, pretty, successful, and... unfulfilled. That is, until a graduate school application crosses her desk and she arranges to interview the young painter. When Scott Feinstadt (Grace) appears, he bears an uncanny resemblance to Louise's high school boyfriend and one true love, an artist who died in a car accident twenty years earlier. Within hours of the interview, Louise and Scott have embarked on a passionately uninhibited older woman/younger man affair. But is Scott just a reminder of Louise's lost love? And is Scott just trying to wheedle his way into the Ivy League? Adding to the romantic complications is competition from Louise's best friend from high school, Missy (Gay Harden), who shows up to claim the affections of the boy; Louise's co-dependent ex-husband Peter (Byrne); her cynical mother (Smith) and fresh-out-of-rehab brother (Rudd).