Flirting with Forty

Synopsis: Jackie Laurens (Heather Locklear) is a recently divorced, 40-year-old and mother of two pre-teen kids who takes a vacation alone to Hawaii where, against her better judgment, she meets and hooks up with a hunky, much younger resident surf instructor named Kyle Hamilton (Robert Buckley). But what began as a one-night stand turns into love as when her vacation is done, she flies to Hawaii every chance she gets to meet with her latest love interest, which soon gets disapproval from her ex-husband, her teenage kids, and even her close friends. As time and the pressure from everyone around her to break it off with Kyle pushes Jackie to her breaking point, it will only take her beau Kyle to teach her how to cope before life passes her by.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Mikael Salomon
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  1 nomination.
87 min

How about this one, Mom?

It's nice, but we need

to keep it under 9 feet.

Twelve-footer, ma'am. You won't

find a prettier tree than that.

Thanks, but our ceilings aren't that high.

There's another one over here.

How do we get the tree on top of the car?

I don't know.

Mom, I think we should call Dad.

- Hi, Clare.

- Why?

To come put the tree on top of the car.

No, Jess, we can do it.

We can't reach. It's heavy, Mom.

No, I'm listening.

Stop talking about him.

It makes her feel bad.

I know we decided on a matte

finish for the master bath.

I thought you were in Tahiti.

I didn't go. Henry had a meeting in China.

How fast can you get here?

You are so good to come, Jackie...

...but the painters took off.

And I have this tasting...

- Hi, kids.

- Hi.

...with the caterer for

Henry's Christmas party.

I'm so sorry.

I'll call you tomorrow.


We just drove a half an hour to get here.

I know, sweetie.

You should fire her.

I can't fire her. She's my client.

So, fire her anyway.

No. She's my boss. It doesn't work that way.

Come on, honey.

Come on, Mom. Careful!

- Mom...

- Yeah, I'm fine.

Take this, Will.



This way.

Okay. So, I'm gonna put this together.

...and then we'll put the

Christmas tree through here.

You guys will lift it up and hold it.

...and I will tighten the screws.

Well, Daddy has a very smart one.

Yeah, Dad has the new no-tip,

no-tilt, tap-a-toe stand.

Well, we have this perfectly

lovely little Christmas tree stand.

...that's been around

since before you were born.

It's very old.

Well, we don't trade it in.

...just because there's

something new out there.

So, we are gonna honor

this Christmas tree stand.

Even if it is old.


Can we put the lights on?


You know, let's take a break and eat.

No, not yet.

Melinda lets us eat when we want.

Well, that's because Melinda is Daddy's

girlfriend and not your mother...

...and it's not her job to

tell you when to eat. It's mine.

So let's eat.

I just think that when you're

dealing with a print fabric...'s always best to coordinate

from the background color.

And keep the accents the same

throughout? The magnolia white?

Or Barcelona white, which is warmer.

And one last thing I meant to ask you.

This Christmas party,

Jackie, we'd love to have you.

I know it's your first

Christmas since the divorce.

Well, thank you. That's so sweet...

...but I'm spending

Christmas Eve with my kids.

But thanks for thinking of me.

I know how the holidays can be.

Yeah. I appreciate it.

See you in the morning.


That looks so good.

Okay, we've got 10 minutes.

Will, would you get the music?

- Can I DJ?

- Yes, you can.

- Yes.

- And Jess...

- Okay, put these two in the dining room.

- Okay.

- And that on the bar. That'd be great.

- Okay.

- Hi, Daddy.

- Hey, Jess. Merry Christmas!

Hi, Melinda.

Merry Christmas.


Thought we would save

some time in the morning. delivering the presents tonight.

Dan, my Christmas party's about to start.

It is?

Hi, Melinda.

Hi, Jackie.

Could you just put those

presents under the Christmas tree?

That'd be great.


I see you got Will a snowboard.

Yeah. I wanted him to have it for the trip.

I thought we said no big gifts. We agreed.

It's not a competition, Jackie.

Can I turn this off?

Yeah, you know what? I'm running late.

Don't let the kids stay up too late tonight.

I need them by 9:00. Flight's at noon.

Jackie, this one's for you.

Daniel said it's your birthday this week.

It is. Thank you.

Turning the big 4-0. Wow.

It's designer sweats. Juicy Couture.

I know how you totally

live in your sweatshirt.

So I thought maybe you'd

like a new one. A fancier one?

It's really comfy.

Well, that's so thoughtful of you.

Can I open this later?

- Okay. Sure.

- Yeah, sure.

Okay. Well, merry Christmas.

- Hey!

- No, I'm listening.

So, they're just standing there,

waiting for me to open this gift.

What a jerk.

Hey, Will, don't forget next

week. Your mom's birthday.

I know.

What a jerk.

- You think it's jerky?

- Absolutely.

To come here unannounced

with Melinda on Christmas Eve?

Jackie, you're way too forgiving.

I totally would've chewed his head off.

Yeah, but do you think I

totally live in this sweatshirt?

You have been in it a lot lately...

...and I think I was with you

when you bought it 20 years ago.

Give me a break. I didn't

have time to change.

But do you... Do you agree with Melinda?

Well, who cares?

Clearly, you're in that

"don't pay attention to me.

"'cause I'm broken and healing...

"and I'm closed for shop and

mentally not interested in sex" phase.

Trust me, you'll get over it.

What are you talking about?

Daniel's girlfriend.

Oh, my God, I meant to tell you.

I saw her at the supermarket

last week. She's, like, 16.

Nice, Annie, not helpful.

What? I'm sorry, but it's true.

Jackie's prettier, of course, and smarter.

What was Daniel thinking?

He's thinking she looks like she's 16.

Is Melinda the one-night

stand or the other one?

Oh, no, no, no. She's the girlfriend.

Six months, and she's not 16. She's 28.

Does anybody want more champagne?

No, thank you. I'm driving.

No, we're having wine with dinner.

Speaking of which, we gotta get going.

You ready to roll?

No, wait. Where are you going?

Well, we have reservations at 8:00.

Well, I made all of this food for...

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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