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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.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Sandy and Aram have a fifteen year age difference; he's 25 and she's 40. Sandy was a married housewife for many years with two children, recently getting divorced after learning of her husband's infidelity and focusing on re-establishing her career to support herself and her kids. Aram is a recent college graduate who doesn't really know what he wants to do with his life. It ends up being deconstructed as the differences in their age cause problems that lead to their break-up, especially from Sandy's end, although it's then potentially reconstructed: Sandy manages to get promoted and so is far more stable, while Aram leaves to see the world and matures a lot; when they meet up again five years later it's implied their relationship will work out far better now.
  • Bad Date: Most of Sandy's Blind Dates go terribly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grief-Induced Split: Sandy and Aram fight and break up after learning that her pregnancy is ectopic, as the tragedy brings to the surface Sandy's lingering doubts that the two of them could truly be happy when she's fifteen years his senior.
  • Happily Adopted: Zeke, Aram's son in the ending.
  • 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 than Sandy.
  • 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 which sees Aram and Sandy reunited after five years and both in a much better place than when they first started a relationship. They eat dinner together, their children start to bond and the two hold hands beneath the table, implying they may give their relationship another shot.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Hungover Sandy is found passed out naked with the bedsheets barely covering her by Aram and the kids.
  • On the Rebound: As the film's title suggests, both Sandy and Aram are rebounding with each other (especially from Sandy's end); Sandy has just divorced her unfaithful husband while Aram is separated from his wife (who only married him for a green card). Surprisingly, they end up developing a genuinely loving relationship with Aram being willing to settle down and raise a child with Sandy after just a few months although things don't quite work out for them.
  • Plot-Inciting Infidelity: At the start of the film, Sandy discovers her husband has been cheating on her, prompting her to move to New York with her kids to start a new life, where she meets Aram.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Stillbirth: Or more specifically, a tragic miscarriage. The catalyst for Sandy and Aram's break-up is when Sandy finds out she's pregnant, only to be informed by a doctor it's an ectopic pregnancy and will inevitably result in a miscarriage.
  • Travel Montage: Aram goes traveling, though he never rocks Cleveland.
  • 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.