If you've ever felt alone in a crowd or kind of passed over by life, you'll find a kinship with Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) and Kate Walker (Emma Thompson). It's these feelings that give them a tentative kinship with each other when they first connect in an airport bar halfway through the film. It's not the typical meet-cute of a rom-com; it's more of a "meet-snarky." But before they meet, life has to kick them around a bit first …
Harvey is a divorcee in New York City who writes scores and jingles for commercials. But the industry is going digital and his creativity and composition skills are getting phased out. Before he leaves for London for his semi-estranged daughter's wedding, his boss (Richard Schiff) tells him he has one more chance to deliver the goods.
When Harvey arrives in London, he learns that the rest of the wedding party is staying in a rented house, while he's in a generic hotel … alone. And his daughter (Liane Balaban) has chosen to have her stepfather walk her down the aisle. In the midst of all this drama, Harvey is on his cell phone desperately trying to save his job back home.
Harvey skips the wedding reception to fly home in time for a Monday meeting. But he misses that flight, and when he calls to alert his office, he discovers all his effort has been for nothinghe's been canned. So he meanders into the airport bar to drown his desperation.
Kate is a single Londoner who works for the Office of National Statistics, a dead-end job that has her trying to survey wearyand sometimes surlytravelers at the airport. She is dogged by seemingly non-stop phone calls from her mother (Eileen Watkins), who lives alone and is convinced her next-door neighbor is a serial killer.
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