The Rebound

  • 15
  • Bart Freundlich (2009)
  • US
  • 90 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A recent divorcee makes a fresh start in New York with her two kids, only to find herself falling for a college graduate 15 years her junior in this glossy romantic comedy. Since the leading lady's played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, it's hard to imagine her character ever wanting for male company, but the point of her growing attraction to 20-something Justin Bartha (the groom from The Hangover) is that he's completely different to her cheating ex-husband, is great with her kids, and is just... nice. The same pretty much goes for Bart Freundlich's movie as a whole, which tootles along pleasantly enough, delivering smiles aplenty as this unlikely couple find each other and have to deal with the scepticism of friends and family alike. It's not side-splittingly funny, or exactly emotionally trenchant, but Zeta-Jones and Bartha are both decidedly charming, even if there's a notable lack of sexual chemistry between them. Look out for Art Garfunkel, no less, as Bartha's crusty old pop.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha. A successful career woman and divorced mother of two finds herself falling for the babysitter, despite a 15-year age gap.

Cast and crew


Catherine Zeta-Jones
Aram Finklestein
Justin Bartha
Frank Jr age seven
Andrew Cherry
Sadie age nine
Kelly Gould
Laura Reilly
Lynn Whitfield
Sam Robards
Harry Finklestein
Art Garfunkel
Roberta Finklestein
Joanna Gleason
Trevor, chiropractor
John Schneider
Stephanie Szostak
Kate Jennings Grant


Bart Freundlich

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Theatrical
Contains swearing, sexual references, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Jul 2010
Certificate 15