At 39 years old, one of James Aaron’s (Jeff Garlin) issues is that he is still living with his mother, but that isn?t the half of it. He has marginal self-esteem. He’s not terribly happy that he’s a struggling actor or overweight. The fact is, he just wants what everyone does at some point in their lives: love and acceptance. That?s not too much to ask for, is it?
So, that’s what the underlying point is in this film. We watch him go through the motions to try to change himself and change his luck, including auditioning for a remake of Marty, in which he is convinced he would be perfect for the lead. However, a good chunk of his self-repair revolves around the love department.
The two women he meets and has an attraction to couldn’t be more different. Stella (Bonnie Hunt) is an elementary school teacher who has some common ground with James: their love of jazz. She?s mature, grounded, all that stuff. James, though, has a stronger attraction to Beth (Sarah Silverman): who is younger, free-spirited, and kind of spastic.
This movie was pretty light-hearted with some truly hilarious scenes, especially involving a fellow actor dressed in a pirate costume hawking hot dogs. It had a great message and it?s quite heartwarming. You’ll get a kick out of it, I think! It’s worth you shelling out a couple of bucks!
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