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A 2009 Romantic Comedy starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sandy and Justin Bartha as Aram.

Sandy divorces her husband and moves out with their children after finding him cheating, finding a demanding but successful job as a sports analyst. She hires the aimless twenty-something Aram to be a full-time nanny for her kids. They fall for each other but find romance hard to navigate.


This film provides examples of:

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Sadie who's constantly judging Aram and Sandy about their poor choices.
  • Bad Date: Most of Sandy's Blind Dates
  • Bedmate Reveal: In-universe, subverted. When Aram wakes up a hungover naked Sandy, she thinks she slept with him.
  • Blind Date: Sandy has a few. None go well.
  • Butt-Monkey: Aram, constantly. Before he was a nanny his job was being beaten up in self-defense classes.
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  • Casanova Wannabe: Aram's workmate and friend Mitch.
  • Citizenship Marriage: Aram's previous marriage. He won't divorce her as it would mean she would get deported.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Sandy and her kids constantly meet some to show how dangerous city life can be.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Aram by Sandy's dancing in the club.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Sandy after her first disastrous Blind Date.
  • Family Versus Career: Applies to both Aram and Sandy. Sandy struggles to cope with both her job and raising her kids, leading her to hire Aram. Aram chooses to stay with "his family" rather than take a high-paying corporate job. A rare example in which Sandy's choice to devote herself to her work is not portrayed negatively.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Subverted. Sandy wants to be this when she hires Aram as a nanny so she can work the hours she needs to, but she can barely afford him.
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  • Happily Adopted: Zeke, Aram's son.
  • Jewish Mother: Aram has one. Though she's not too over-the-top.
  • Likes Older Women: Aram has significantly fewer issues with the age difference.
  • Marry the Nanny: Divorcee Sally falls in love with Aram, her children's much younger babysitter.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sandy is the breadwinner and obsessed with sports. Aram takes care of the kids and gave up an awesome job to be with them.
  • Maybe Ever After: The ending.
  • May–December Romance: Sandy is much older than Aram.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Hungover Sandy is found passed out naked with the bedsheets barely covering her by Aram and the kids.
  • Primal Scene: Sandy's son walks in on them having sex on the living room couch. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Slacker: Aram, in a sympathetic version of the trope where he does not know what he wants to do with his life.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: Sandy's obsession with fantasy sports.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Sandy when she's in bed with a hangover, before Aram covers her up.
  • Travel Montage: Aram goes traveling, though he never rocks Cleveland.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: Does not end well.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Sandy catches her husband cheating on her, which is why she divorces him.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Sandy's friend tries to convince her she needs to do that to get over her divorce, and sets her up with a bunch of dates that never go anywhere.


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