Lead actor Bill Pullman co-produced this tale that repped the directorial debut of noted cinematographer Jack Green. Though the film does have some charm the scripting issues throughout and some dubious turns eventually sink the intent. Pullman however is excellent as is James Gammon in a supporting turn.
Enjoyable mainly for the initial non-dramatic tone for the first hour or so of the film, for the colorful depiction of rural South and the performances of Paxton and Marguiles. If the havoc in the finale, which reproduces all the flaws of US mainstream cinema, and the poor psychology with regards to the conventional 'reconciliation' was avoided, then this would have been a pleasant surprise. Not uninteresting though.
Amateurish. Solid cast but storytelling clichéd and not lucid. The writer's lazy with romance and grief and doesn't have insight on the central father-son–like relationship. The tone abruptly and misguidedly shifts at one point, and it feels 5-10 minutes of wrap-up at the end is missing. Bill Paxton, Julianna Margulies, and Gammon add some charm though, and it's always fun to see a Mark Wahlberg performance.