This movie wanted to be something, wanted to make more of an impact, but it felt very... meh. I wanted more from each of the characters, but they just didnt ever give me enough to care about them. With that, Alex Shaffer (Kyle)'s performance was one of the best nonchalant teenagers I've seen for years. He has that Matthew McConaughey chill that is just so natural. Worth watching just for him
Weak compared to The Visitor or The Station Agent. McCarthy is a director of actors and is well represented here. Giamatti has played this character before and probably better but the supporting cast fairs a little better. Amy Ryan scores as his wife and great to see Bobby Cannavale working with mccarthy again. Good turns by Melanie Lynsky and Margo Martindale as well. Worth catching but nothing special.
Thomas McCarthy is one of my favourite new(er) directors working today. His first feature, “The Station Agent”, was one of my favourite films of 2003. His second feature, “The Visitor”, was one of the better films of 2007. This is his third and most recent feature and while it may not be his best, it most certainly conveys his talents as a great screenwriter and realist.
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.