Starting Out in the Evening is a 2007 adaptation of the Brian Morton novel of the same name. Leonard Schiller (Frank Langella) is an aging author still working to complete his final novel. The decade-long process has kept him out of the spotlight, and he finds himself forgotten by today's literary world. He is reluctant to answer when Heather Wolfe (Lauren Ambrose), a plucky Brown University graduate student, comes knocking on his door. But Heather does not give up and eventually succeeds in convincing the author that with his help, her master's thesis will be instrumental in reintroducing his work to the public. At the same time, Leonard's daughter Ariel (Lili Taylor) is growing anxious about turning forty and desperate to have a child, much to the chagrin of her ex-lover, Casey Davis (Adrian Lester). The film follows these four characters at such radically different places in their lives as their influence on each other turns everything upside down.