The Rebound

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The Rebound

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bart Freundlich
Produced by Bart Freundlich
Mark Gill
Robert Katz
Tim Perrell
Screenplay by Bart Freundlich
Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones
Justin Bartha
Music by Clint Mansell
Cinematography Jonathan Freeman
Edited by Christopher Tellefsen
Distributed by The Film Department
Release dates
  • September 16, 2009 (2009-09-16) (Mexico)
  • February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
97 minutes (European Film Market)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $21,790,414 (worldwide)[1]

The Rebound is a 2009 American romantic comedy film 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 December 25, 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 February 7, 2012.[3]


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 perpetuator, 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 went on to rekindle their relationship.


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


Critical response

The Rebound received generally negative reviews from film critics.[4] Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 42% based on 24 reviews with 10 fresh reviews and 14 rotten. Jon Frosch, a top critic, 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."[5]

Box office

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


  1. 1 2 "The Rebound". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 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 2012-10-27.
  4. Whitman, Howard. "Blu-ray Movie Review: The Rebound". Technologytell. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  5. "The Rebound". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
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