The Weitz Brother's really hit this film out of the park. Perhaps it's because of my own off-beat upbringing but it's examination of what makes a family is what makes this film so absorbing. H Grant is used to perfection as an unusually callow man. N Hoult as the title character is perfect. The cast is just great. Nick Hornby's novel was great but I will never read it again and I have seen this film several times.
"Suddenly I realized - two people isn't enough. You need backup. If you're only two people, and someone drops off the edge, then you're on your own. Two isn't a large enough number. You need three at least."
One of the few films in which Hugh Grant actually works for me. The reason obviously being that he is playing an annoying prick in this one, which he just does extremely well. Charming and heartwarming.
PS: "Killing me softly" really is one of the most terrible songs of all time.