Meryl Streep can't seem to get out of the kitchen. This past summer she embodied world-famous chef Julia Child on the big screen. Now she's Jane, a divorced mom of three grown kids, who runs a popular bakery in Santa Barbara. Though Jane has complete command of her kitchen, whipping up delectable cakes and croissants without even peeking at a recipe, her personal life is more like a fallen soufflé.
Ten years ago her 20-year marriage crumbled when her husband Jake (Alec Baldwin), a successful attorney, had an affair with a much younger woman. Then he had the audacity to marry the beautiful Agness (Lake Bell), and thus bring the other woman—and her hyperactive (read: hellion) grade-school-aged son—into their yuppie social circles.
At the outset of the film, Jane is packing her youngest child off to her first year of college. With all three of her kids now out of the house, Jane's truly alone for the first time. Without her fulltime motherhood gig and without the companionship of her children, she seems a bit lonely and lost.
Jane does still have her friends, three fellow 50somethings who gather regularly with her dressed in J.Jill attire and accessorized with glasses of Merlot. If these women seem like clichés of yuppie women of a certain age, then I guess it's only appropriate that they give clichéd advice: Get a man. Or, more specifically, they advise: Have some sex.
Jane mostly brushes off their words, intent instead to finally put an addition on her house. The one that finally gives her a real kitchen at home.
But then an opportunity to heed her friends' advice arrives by surprise. Out of town for their son's college graduation, Jane and Jake—her ex-husband—share drinks together. ...1
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