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Rated PG-13 · 100 minutes · 2016

Comedy, Drama
Lorene Scafaria, who made her debut as writer-director with the apocalyptic love story Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), returns with a more conventional domestic comedy about a lonely widow (Susan Sarandon) driving her lonely daughter (Rose Byrne) around the bend. Mom just needs someone to care for, and it can't be that divorcee with the big gut who keeps hitting on her (Michael McKean); it must be that virile ex-cop who gives her enough space and really appreciates her as a person (J.K. Simmons, wearing a Wilford Brimley mustache). In many respects this plays like a senior-citizen romance with Diane Keaton, but it goes down much more easily, thanks to the players' sincerity and the credible, unassuming dialogue.
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Director: Lorene Scafaria
Producer: Joy Wettels, Paul Green, Steve Golin, Shea Kammer and Susan Sarandon
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Casey Wilson, Jason Ritter, Sarah Baker, Michael McKean, Laura San Giacomo and Harry Hamlin

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