Anyway, Carter ends up entangled with both of them, which is an accomplishment, since mother and daughter don't get along - mostly a one-way street occupied by a surly teenager who mistakes her mother's sacrifice for weakness and her criticisms for a deficit of love.
Both women need a confidant to help them make sense of this, and while dad's not around much, Carter seems to be around all the time - to the mom he's an idealized memory of young love, to the daughter he represents the attraction of the older guy.
Into this mix, writer-director Jonathan Kasdan throws two plot twists of the soapy whopper variety, which is one (possibly two) soapy whoppers too many.
The movie seemed to be getting along fine without the melodrama. At times, it seems to be getting along just fine without Carter, but maybe that's just me.
Irresistible? I resisted, or maybe I just had a hard time with his character, a passive-aggressive opportunist for whom the phrase "I'm here for you" is a double entendre. He (or director Kasdan) doesn't seem to understand that his consultations with vulnerable women are a form of flirtation and seduction, that he shouldn't be leading on either woman, let alone both. *
Produced by Steve Golin, David Kanter, written and directed by Jonathan Kasdan, distributed by Warner Independent.