Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
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The script seems to be the weakest factor in this change of pace for director Reitman. In the end this "Hallmark" like tale just skirts the edge of ridiculous thanks to earnest and powerful turns by Winslet and Brolin who are far beyond the material. The film often seems on the brink of derision by the viewer who only has to wait to the final sequences to really howl. What a comedown.
Although the cast is great (well, I don't know about the need for Tobey Maguire) and it has very touching moments, this is like a Hallmark movie. When it started I thought it would end in tears somehow and maybe it should've.
Creepiest movie ever? Maybe. Brolin's character forces himself into this family without any objection from those involved. After baking a pie and changing a tire, he's already in Winslet's pants. No questions asked. This is one of those cases where each character just goes through the motions because the script said stuff should happen in a certain order. Too bad it forgot about character development in the process.