This colorful, modern family comedy revolves around 10-year-old boy genius Henry James Hermin (Jason Spevack) and his fervently left-wing single mother Patricia (Toni Collette), who works at the local university’s cafeteria. A misfit from birth, Henry’s precocious, rabble-rousing ways catch up with him when he gets kicked out of school for writing “Manifestos on the Nature of Truth.” Meanwhile, 12-year-old Audrey (Samantha Weinstein) has her own problems because of her single father, university professor Dr. Slavkin O’Hara (Michael Sheen), who used her as the test subject for his best-selling book Born Gay or Made that Way? Needless to say, she gets a not-so-nice nickname from her classmates. When Henry scores a scholarship to the university as a child prodigy, the two families cross paths and everything they knew about their lives is thrown to the wind.
Writer/director Dennis Lee gives all characters their fair share of snappy dialogue and off-the-wall moments of hilarity, spiking the film with playful charm and visual flair. Collette and Sheen effortlessly flex their comedic muscles with bright newcomers Spevack and Weinstein in this whimsical tale. —Tribeca Film Festival
Ignoring the fact that this acting style is something I've never understood the appeal of, this movie felt extremely immature and starved for attention in a very selfish kind of way that also may have actually had something to do with the acting style. And that's sad because some of the statements could have been really nice to see in such a good looking movie. But each one of them found a special way to be annoying.