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If, however, the sheer muchness of all that storytelling leaves you wondering how all the parts can possibly fit together without emotional whiplash setting in; if you fear that employing so many name-brand actors may result in a harlequin patch-job of wildly varying performances; if you suspect that director Garry Marshall may have a bit of trouble keeping individual scenes humming as he darts from place to place; and if you prefer your emotional climaxes one at a time instead of all at once — you might want to hold off.

The one thing worth popping a cork over is the storyline featuring fragile, gawky (!) Michelle Pfeiffer as she lurches through her midlife freakout by quitting her job and hiring a slicked-up bike messenger (Efron) to help her realize her list of resolutions (go to Bali, travel around the world, save a life, etc.). His solutions are sometimes corny, sometimes wonderful, and always sweet.

*Full disclosure: I’m not sure you can get all of that from the poster.

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