Plot summary (from the studio): Freshly separated from her husband, Sandy leaves the quiet suburbs with her two children and moves to Manhattan. She moves into an apartment just above a cafe where she meets Aram, whom she soon convinces to leave his job as a server to become the nanny of her children. It’s not long until the sparks fly between Sandy and this man twenty years her junior.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- It wasn’t as much of a stretch to buy Sandy and Aram as a couple as I initially thought it would be. I generally hate such vast age differences in romantic pairings, but it worked passingly well here.
- I thought Aram’s relationship with the kids was pretty adorable. It’s easy to see why Sandy would be attracted to him despite his early “slacker” status. Any man that treats your kids well immediately scores mega points.
- I liked that Sandy worked in sports. It obviously wasn’t necessary to the plot that she work in that particular field, but it was nice to see an older woman make it as an on-air personality in a male-dominated industry.
- I hated the ending. I didn’t think the two required five whole years apart, and while I understand that Aram did have some “growing up” to do, I can’t help but feel they truly wasted time there. For example, he missed out on some critical years with Sandy’s kids, where the presence of a male role model would absolutely have been welcome. And since the relationship with the kids was one of the things I liked about the film to begin with, it was hard for me to gloss over this point.
- I found it hard to believe that neither of them had moved on in the dating world. Sure, it’s possible that they would both have been single at that point, but that they would start holding hands almost immediately and essentially pick up right where they left off hardly seemed realistic.
I have mixed feelings about The Rebound. It started out well enough and I was interested in the fate of the characters all the way until the inevitable rom-com mandated breakup. But the last 10-15 minutes felt like an entirely different film, one that I didn’t care for at all. With a different ending, this could have been a solid little movie; as it is, however, I give it 2 stars out of 5.