After the early death of his wife, a mourning father moves with his teenage son across the country for a private school teaching job. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women, who help them embrace life and love again.
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The overwhelming amount of clichés makes the viewing experience unbearable: the grieving spouse, the supporting lover, the vulnerable, self harming teen... A faux pas for both J.K. Simmons and Julie Delpy.
Cinematically speaking without any interest whatsoever, this is another conventional movie about loss and hard won reconciliation. The well-known recipe is here at work: traumatized youngsters, but with moral calibre, vulnerable adults with integrity and pedagogy (Simmons is good), and above all a hopeful élan towards rebirth and affirmation of life. The deeply maudlin delivery reduces the film to a dull experience.