A really nice little movie...not an award winner, but nice. I actually bought it because I heard Barry Manilow was in it, and everyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan. That said, The movie begins with Max Beasley (Dan Aykroyd) telling his wife Grace (Kathy Bates) that he is leaving her (after 25 years) because he just does not want to be married anymore. Meanwhile, Grace is always daydreaming over her music idol, singer Victor Fox (Jonathan Pryce). Of course she is devastated over Max's decision to leave, and she is also devastated to hear of Victor's untimely death when he comes to her home town, Chicago. Victor is to be buried in England. Grace decides to stop feeling sorry for herself about Max, and do something to get on with her life. Soooooo, off she goes to England to attend Victor's funeral, where she finds herself in quite an adventure and finds a very unusual friendship.
Grace begins to explore what unconditional love means as she realizes she can make her own way in iife. It's a movie about the courage to move forward, and about being one's authentic self, about caring and about helping friends, about grieving, and about having a few laughs too. It's also about change, believing in oneself, and taking chances. It is a very enjoyable film. Several guest stars appear in this film, including Julie Andrews, Sally Jessy Raphael, Lynn Redgrave, and.........BARRY MANILOW! Has a cute "feel-good" ending, too.