Creative director Tom Burns may be at the top of his game, but he's still considered a dinosaur for being over forty in the youthful, trendy business of advertising. In a moment of ...
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Creative director Tom Burns may be at the top of his game, but he's still considered a dinosaur for being over forty in the youthful, trendy business of advertising. In a moment of desperation, he hires young con-artist Dick Sweeney to be his stand-in at an ad agency while Tom does all of the hard work behind the scenes. The scheme works until Tom falls for Dick's co-worker Harriet Foster, forcing Tom and Dick to make a choice between love and getting a paycheck in this comedy about ageism in the work place.Written by
In Tom, Dick & Harriet, Steven Weber plays Tom, a successful adman who unfortunately is on the wrong side of 50. When his staid, uptown ad agency gets taken over by a hip downtown one, Tom gets fired because he doesn't have the right image. And as we know, image is everything in advertising. Unable to land a new job and desperate, he hires Dick, a 25-year old con man to be his front. Pretending to be a hotshot copywriter, Dick gets hired at the agency that fired Tom and the scam works - until both men fall for the beautiful and smart Harriet, an art director at the agency.
Though the premise for this rom-com works well and the actors are all charming and give winning performances, this comedy has a a much more serious underlying theme - ageism. In the 50's there was a blacklist, today there is a greylist, Tom is told when trying to land a new job. People are not always judged by talent and experience but by age and appearance. But this message goes down easy in this witty, funny and fast paced movie. We are made to care about the plights of all the characters: Tom, who is fighting to win both the girl and his self respect; Dick, who after a troubled childhood is trying to find his place in the world; Harriet, who is torn between the two men; and Kelly, Tom's rebellious daughter who is trying to re-establish a bond with her father that seems to have been lost along the way.
This is not your typical Hallmark movie - the acting, directing and writing are indeed something special. (The film has received several international nominations). So if you're looking for a sharp romantic comedy with something on its mind, check out Tom, Dick & Harriet.
Note: The movie is also being shown under the alternate title: "All's Fair in Love & Advertising".
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