Weighed down by her late husband's debts, widow Beth Macauley ( Jessica Lange ) is compelled to sell her home and move to a less costly locale. She relocates in Baltimore with her resentful sons Chris ( Chris O'Donnell ) and Matt ( Charlie Korsmo ) and takes a job at a ramshackle gourmet food store managed by Lisa Coleman ( Kathy Bates ). Men Don't Leave offers in Beth an extremely vulnerable, easily discouraged person who can't seem to get a grip on her reduced circumstances. Even so, she and her sons eventually pull themselves together, despite many side trips with Wrong Lovers and False Friends. Some of the film's best moments involve Joan Cusack , playing a mixed-up nurse with whom Chris falls in love. Representing the comeback of director Paul Brickman after a seven-year gap, Men Don't Leave is a slightly more upbeat American version of the French film La Vie Continue . ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Comedy Drama
- Coming-of-Age, Family Drama, Feminist Film
- Starting Over, Single Parents, Journey of Self-Discovery, Death of a Partner, Age Disparity Romance, Mothers and Sons
- 01 hr 55 min
- September 15, 2009
- Chris O'Donnell , Arliss Howard , Kathy Bates , Joan Cusack , Jessica Lange
- Kevin Corrigan , Annabel Armour , Ernesto D. Borges Jr. , Eddie Korosa , David Cale , Chuck McLennan , Ann McDonough , William de Acutis , Tom Towles , Tanl , Stesha Merle , Rosemary Knower , Robert D. North , Rick Rubin , Mary Seibel , Ricardo de Angelis , Mark Hardwick , Brad Michael , Stacey Guastaferro , Richard Wharton , Zaid Farid , Sandra V. Watters , Jesse James , Gerry Becker , Dick Sasso , Deanna Dunagan , Constance Shulman , Alan J. Wendl , Antonio M. Calderon , Jane Morris , Richard Burton Brown , Seka , Tom Irwin , Tom Mason , Wanda Christine , Charlie Korsmo , Corey Carrier , Jim Haynie , Belita Moreno , Shannon Moffett , Lora Zane , Theresa Wozniak , Peter Miller
- Paul Brickman
Rating: pg-13 - Profanity, Adult Situations, Questionable for Children
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