A relatively lacklustre shrug of a divorce tale with a bundle of unlikeable characters (the dad being especially insufferable) firing verbal blanks at one another to no avail as the indie tropes roll in and 80's alt-folk soundtrack plays purely for hipster cred. On the plus side, the cat was adorable & would definitely be my number one claim in a divorce settlement (followed by all the books and the NY townhouse).
Oh look, another tedious self gratifying film about a middle class white family too comfortable in their own privilege to pull themselves into the real world and get a grip. No wonder their kids are vile, the parents live in an absolute bubble of self importance. At least the humour was good in areas; but then I got rid half way through due to wanting to slap the characters ...
The film is about as self centred as the father. I'll describe the film as inwardly dense, kafkaesque in the description of the parenthood tasks. And by the way, both are terrible parent, not because of what they do but because of what they do not do)
I enjoyed this film a lot. Laura Linney is fantastic and Jeff Daniels acts wonderfully too (his character is difficult to love, but acted with real direction and commitment). This film's screenplay is very good and the film as a whole is wonderfully constructed. I really enjoyed this even if it is a ultimately more whimsical than philosophical