The Rebound (2009)




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Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a fortyish mother of two who must start her life over when her husband wants a divorce. She moves to New York City with her two children and hires a nanny (Justin Bartha), but eventually the younger man proves to be a genuine romantic possibility for the lonely divorcee. Directed by Bart Freundlich. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for language, some sexual content and brief drug use)
Comedy , Romance
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Justin Bartha
as Aram Finklestein
Megan Byrne
as Molly Foster
Andrew Cherry
as Frank Jr.
Kelly Gould
as Sadie
Jake Cherry
as Frank Jr.
Joanna Gleason
as Roberta
Sam Robards
as Frank
Tom Riis Farrell
as Terrence
Lisa Gerber
as Susie
Samantha Ivers
as Cinnamon
Steve Park
as Scott
Alice Playten
as Sensei Dana
Robert Bizik
as TV Sports Announcer
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Critic Reviews for The Rebound

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (2)

Saddling two game actors with a tone-deaf, charmless script, the film makes recent J.Lo vehicle The Back-up Plan look like Billy Wilder in comparison.

Full Review… | November 8, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The romantic trials of two wealthy, good-looking people, whose only barriers to happiness are their own petty insecurities, become tedious, and it's not helped by some stilted dialogue and awkward, mannered performances.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

...a thoroughly (and consistently) misguided piece of work that has almost nothing truthful or relevant to say about relationships.

Full Review… | February 27, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Poor writing and inconsistencies sink this film. Let's hope that Zeta-Jones and Bartha can rebound.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Although it bears the marks of studio intervention, much of the blame remains firmly with Freundlich, who's incapable of arranging a single honest moment in this uncomfortable, frightfully strained creation.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012

An unromantic comedy that gets down and dirty.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Rebound

A bit lame, but something to watch free on TV, so no complaints. Couldn't relate to CZJ's mother character, but she looks attractive and gets into a few mildly amusing situations. The young guy is also pleasant to look at, but they are highly unconvincing together. It's not quite as creepy as Jack Nicholson and a younger woman, as CZJ does look reasonably good for her age, but it's still slightly off. Didn't hate it, but it's a bit average.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Wonderful sweet movie. Justin Bartha is just soooo cute, and funny! This is what a romantic comedy should be like...lots of chuckles, charm and heartwarming moments.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


An average Rom-Com, has a few funny moments, and likable characters.

Dean King
Dean King

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