Courtesy of Lionsgate

The Age of Adaline

02:00 April 25, 2015
By: David Vicari

*** out of ****

In The Age of Adaline the character of Adaline Bowman (the luminous Blake Lively) has remained 29-years-old for nearly eight decades. It was a freak accident at the turn of the 20th century that has caused Adaline to stop aging. Because of her condition, she has kept a low profile throughout the years, moving to a new place every few and paying forgers for new fake driver's licenses.

The central story takes place now. Adaline has a job archiving historical films and has a daughter who is now an elderly woman (Ellen Burstyn). Just drifting through life, Adaline mainly keeps to herself, but complications arise when young, handsome philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) shows a romantic interest in her. Matters get even more complicated when Ellis' father, William (Harrison Ford), turns out to be an old flame on Adaline's.

This is a sudsy, superficial romance, but it works due to fine performances by Lively and Ford. In fact, the story lags a little until Ford's character enters the picture. And Huisman is just okay in his role as Adaline's lover.

The Age of Adaline is a wispy romantic drama that isn't deeply emotional, but it's engaging and a good date movie. 

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