The Rebound

The Rebound is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Bart Freundlich, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha. It was released in theaters in several countries in late 2009. It was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on 25 December 2010, but was cancelled due to the film's distributor shutting down.[2] It ended up going direct-to-DVD in the United States on 7 February 2012.[3]

The Rebound (2009 Film)
The Rebound Poster 2010.PNG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBart Freundlich
Produced byBart Freundlich
Mark Gill
Robert Katz
Tim Perrell
Written byBart Freundlich
StarringCatherine Zeta-Jones
Justin Bartha
Music byClint Mansell
CinematographyJonathan Freeman
Edited byChristopher Tellefsen
Distributed byThe Film Department
Release date
  • 16 September 2009 (2009-09-16) (Mexico)
  • 7 February 2012 (2012-02-07) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
97 minutes (European Film Market)
CountryUnited States
Box office$21,790,414 (worldwide)[1]


A housewife and mother of two, Sandy (Catherine Zeta-Jones), discovers that her husband has been unfaithful. After a hasty divorce, she moves to New York City with her young son and daughter. There, they begin a new life. Sandy rents an apartment above a coffee house and befriends one of the baristas, Aram Finklestein (Justin Bartha). At age 25, Aram is not sure what he wants to do with his life having just separated (his wife was a French woman who married him for a green card). Despite having a college degree, he is aimless and gets a job at a women's center. During a self-defense class at the women's center where Aram plays the perpetrator, Sandy unleashes an "ocean of anger" on him. The next day, she goes to the coffeeshop to apologize to him and asks him to babysit her kids. He becomes a full-time nanny for the family and develops a close-knit relationship with the children; and a chemistry starts to brew between Aram and Sandy, ensuing in an awkward sexual encounter that the children come to know about.

Notwithstanding, they start to date; and, after two months, they seem perfect together. One day, Sandy feels nauseated and suspects she is pregnant. Aram is thrilled and looks forward to raising a child with her. A doctor confirms that Sandy is pregnant, but it is an ectopic pregnancy and will result in a miscarriage. As they leave the doctor, a fight breaks out between Aram and Sandy, with the latter confirming that she thinks it's ludicrous that the two of them, with an age difference of 15 years, would ever be happy together. After the break up, Aram decides to travel the world and to experience new things. Sandy is promoted at her sports news job to anchor.

After five years, the two meet again in a chance encounter at a Chinese restaurant. Aram reveals he has adopted a young boy from Bangladesh and is still single. Sandy, who is celebrating another promotion with her children and a colleague, invites Aram and his family to join them. The film ends as the two hold hands underneath the table whilst their children start to bond implying that they went on to rekindle their relationship.


This was Alice Playten's last role before her death in 2011.


Critical responseEdit

The Rebound received generally negative reviews from film critics.[4] Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 42% based on reviews from 24 critics, with 10 positive reviews and 14 negative.[5]

Jon Frosch, said: "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." Alex Zane said: "These are characters who seem very real. It's their imperfections, not contrived plot points, that drive the story."[citation needed]

Box officeEdit

The film grossed $21,790,414 worldwide.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Rebound". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ "24 Frames". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Rebound, The (acq). "Rebound, The (acq): Andrew Cherry, Justin Bartha, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lynn Whitfield, Kelly Gould: Movies & TV". Amazon. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  4. ^ Whitman, Howard. "Blu-ray Movie Review: The Rebound". Technologytell. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  5. ^ "The Rebound". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 October 2012.

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