If someone told you that you could have one good night's sleep and when you wake up, everything will be different - would you take the chance? Willie (Brian Wimmer from T.V.'s China Beach) and his retarded brother-in-law Frank (Peter Berg) get to do just that, when in 1962 they meet up with a small town doctor.
Injured and wanted by the law, Willie and Frank are put under ice by a California doctor who has been experimenting with cryogenics. When the wake up 29 years later, they think only a day or two has passed. Upon arriving home in Sana Fe, New Mexico, Willie and Frank have to deal with disturbing changes; Willie's small daughter is now married with children of her own and his wife is in her 50's with grey in her hair and an independent life.
There's plenty of humor as Willie and Frank encounter fast food, rap music and automated teller machines. But, the strength of the film lies in the love story. Willie still feels the same love for his wife and wants to pick up as they left off in 1962. He has to convince his wife who feels too old for him.
The acting is strong, especially by Colleen Flynn, who plays Willie's grown daughter, and by Peter Berg and Frank, who's childlike responses are delightful. Late For Dinner combines humor, romance and drama in a sweet, wonderful way. A thoroughly charming film.
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