If you will interpret the rating of this film as anything, interpret it as the ratio of open-minded viewers (60% of ratings) against the closed-minded people (about 40%) who view this as some sort of religion or cultural message to everyone in the world - or perhaps just view every movie as a just statement of how everything should be. It's really not.
This is a film that took a more mature route - given it's difficult and common issues at hand, than what some people would have accepted. One of the reviews here called the ending as "black-and-white" thinking and degraded it for sending the message that "it isn't ethical or right to commit to marriage at such a young age". The movie was not at all biased about this issue, and rather took it maturely and accurately. If you look closely, as mature as Dave seemed to be and how willing he was to work things out, he couldn't give Raf a thoughtful answer as to why he decided he wants a baby with her. He is young and emotional, and at the moment it showed how uncertain he was - but don't mistaken his true love for her; commitment and love are separate things. The issue of whether it's a good idea to proceed with a relationship with that kind of age gap is all a matter of personality and circumstances.
Dave is an emerging artist, and although he could be mature enough to handle a serious relationship and children, it would conflict far too much with his type of career and his current position this early in the art industry. If Dave was someone who worked a stable job with good pay, this wouldn't be a problem and the outcome of the film could be very different.
This is an extremely honest film and it has some of the most touching characters I've ever seen in a "chick-flick". It makes me so sad that Raf's "childish" wonder and her attraction to a younger man like Dave is probably rooted from the robbing of her "childhood" by her family's upbringing of her, and her early marriage. She deserves Dave so much.
If there is any kind of flaw in this film, it would be that Dave's upbringing should've pushed him into that commitment with Raf of getting married. I don't know much about Judaism, but as a Christian, marrying at a younger age is very common, and Dave is more than capable of doing that with Raf. The conflict of love and profession is a timeless tragedy.
Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance
Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance
In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan, Rafi Gardet, a beautiful 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, meets David Bloomberg, a handsome 23-year-old painter recently out of college. Rafi's therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger, who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi's new lover is--unfortunately for Lisa--her only son, David. Both David and Rafi must contend with their 14-year age gap, vastly different backgrounds and the demands of David's traditional mother. Despite their intense attraction, the charmed couple soon realizes that vastly different ages and backgrounds create much conflict. A Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter who still lives with his grandparents, David has little in common with Rafi--a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy, broken family who travels in the sophisticated, high-end world of fashion.
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