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Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott in I'll See You In My Dreams

It's the death of her beloved dog, and not that of her husband, that sends septuagenarian Carol (Blythe Danner) reeling.

Bored, maudlin and mildly soused on chardonnay next to the pool she never swims in, the bereavement and an errant rodent throw her into a tender friendship with the much younger pool guy Lloyd (Martin Starr). He, and a new suitor (Sam Elliott), remind her of life's pleasures – both the everyday and the carnal.

The film cleverly uses the conventions more typical of romantic comedies several decades its junior: the anatomy of a long and successful first date, the character-revealing karaoke-song set piece, the excruciating speed-dating montage, an awkward morning after and three best friends who tease and bicker around a bridge table that goes back to the original model for Sex and the City: Golden Girls, only that much better with age.