Being a proud Newfoundlander, I cannot overlook the awful accents most of the cast put on for this film - although I do understand that most people won't know the difference. All in all, it was well crafted with gorgeous cinematography and a compelling, artfully told story. Gordon Pinsent was particularly funny, as usual, and the comedic moments really helped along the pace of this otherwise darkly whimsical film.
The only element that rings true in this woefully misconceived self-improvement drama is Judi Dench's no-nonsense lesbian mentor. I'm still unsure whether Spacey's performance is indeed horrendous or he was simply miscast. Overall it feels more like a parody of an awards-baiting prestige pic than a genuine piece of work from the same man capable of delivering heartwarming and heartbreaking things like Gilbert Grape.