Movie Review: Leighton Meester helps sell the overwritten Like Sunday, Like Rain

Like Sunday, Like Rain sounds like the title of a good short story, but the film opens like a bad one, using a hack writing move twice over by following two protagonists as they wake up in the morning. First, a slow pan across a bedroom introduces Reggie (Julian Shatkin), a 12-year-old prodigy from a wealthy family living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Next, a similarly protracted shot finds Eleanor (Leighton Meester), a young woman scraping by in the same-but-different city. It’s clear from the intercutting of their lives that Reggie and Eleanor will intersect, and clearer still from their early scenes—Reggie’s mother needs to hire a new nanny! Eleanor needs a new job!—how it will happen. The movie treats that inevitability with such surprising patience, however, that its initial clichés start to dissipate, eventually allowing Like Sunday, Like Rain to morph into a …

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