When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.
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The one thing that stood out for me was the constant and pleasantly surprising reactions between characters. It also didn't reek of the indie cookie-cutter that films like little miss sunshine suffer from. 3 stars
Tender and funny film about a lawyer, who after becoming the guardian of a senile client, ends up saddled with raising his runaway grandson. A smartly written and perceptive human drama that packs a surprising emotional punch amidst its perfectly modulated comedy. Strong work all the way around.
Thomas McCarthy knows how to make an engaging movie, but my problem is that he can't make troubled teens or drug-addicted single moms (or Jersey girls, Star Wars geeks, and senile old men) feel like anything other than actors reading lines. Love Giamatti as always, though.
I don't know if I should give this film a pass or not. It's amiable, it has some good characters and I like a few of the performances, but it's so calculated and hits every note that you expect, sometimes poorly. The 3rd act in particular is far too rushed and convenient and doesn't quite work.
A great work of a well written story of love and redemption and supported by a great ensemble of actors. This is not a melodrama but the love that was demonstrated throughout the story will also win the viewers who watch this lovely film.
Would have been much better if it picked a tone and stuck with it, or at least made its tonal switches seem more lifelike and less like someone sitting down at a desk and saying, "This seems like a good time for comic relief."