Number of Times Seen – Twice (13 Mar 2011 and 2 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A middle class couple need to deal with the various obstacles in their lives which encompass both family and work crises.
My Take on it – Promising idea that just isn’t realized well enough.
Helen Hunt and Liev Schrieber are both great actors, but they lack real chemistry here as a couple.
The story tries to show how various aspects of life can one day encompass all of our energy and that each of us needs to find a way through these issues.
The problem here is that they throw too many issues at this couple all at once.
They must deal with a son with a crisis of his identity, an ailing parent, writers block at work and of course the temptations of an extra marital affair.
Due to the fact that there are so many issues here, the story has trouble finding real focus along the way.
The supporting cast is also great with Brain Dennehy, Carlo Gugino, Eddie Izzard and Ezra Miller helping out.
The scenes with Dennehy were actually the best and that story line is the one that is the most powerful and significant of this movie.
Unfortunately, the story isn’t as engaging as it could be and parts of the story feel too forced in the way that they are presented.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At its widest release, the film was only shown in four theaters, and grossed $46,209, far below its $3 million production budget. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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