You know what killed me the most about this movie? The soundtrack. Oh my lord, just the most banal *this is an indie movie can't you tell* bullshit. But Sam Rockwell can have my babies whenever he's next available. And Allison Janney can help me raise them, I even pray that one of them has a lazy eye.
Adults behaving like kids and kids forced to behave like adults. The pathos is there and so is the charm - thanks to a stellar cast, in particular, the ever consistent Sam Rockwell. Unfortunately, it's just too hard to accept certain realities that are given as certainties. All in all, it's a somewhat entertaining film that fails to live to its potential.
Points for Rockwell and Collette, but it's about as generic of a formula as the trailer paints it to be. There are some genuinely funny moments, and the supporting cast is generally better than the mopey lead, but overall it's not worth much more than a bored viewing one evening.
What this beautiful movie teaches is a great lesson everybody should have in their minds everyday. All we, human beings, need is love: to love and to be loved. If we don't find that component in the ordinary people, like family, we will search for it in other souls who captivates us. So... A friend can be found in any one, no matter their age, sex, work, etc.
Rich white people who are able to take the summer off to go dick around in lake houses are assholes. Go figure. Sam Rockwell was good though, but he always is. If Sam Rockwell was a brand of peanut butter, I wouldn't buy JIF anymore. Legit, I went there. That's how fucking reliably good he is.
a fantasy for old dudes who wish they had someone like sam rockwell to show them the ropes when they were an awkward teen. i have trouble with coming-of-age films, mostly because teenagers aren't interesting characters. they're angsty children. i remember with some dread my time as a teenager, but i don't find it particularly edifying to watch an escapist reverie about how it could have gone differently.
you know what threw me about this? It's set in a weird parallel universe where NOBODY HAS A CELL PHONE (the Footloose remake joke makes clear it's present day). Nobody--not the adults, not the teenagers. Given that nobody comments on this, and the plot involves both Steve Carrell and Liam James hiding their whereabouts from Toni Collette-hold on, isn't there one moment where Alison Janney's daughter flashes a phone?