The movie takes place in a small town, where Virginia (Jennifer Connelly), a mentally unstable woman, has a two-decade affair with a local married sheriff, Dick Tipton (Ed Harris). Virginia's son Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson) acts as her protector. During Emmet's quest for the truth of his father's identity, he begins a relationship with Jessie (Emma Roberts), Tipton's daughter.
An unfocused script that gets messier and messier – not in a good way – and a strong cast can't hold this together.
Rewatch-probability: 2 - Not likely
story, Jennifer.C/9, (cast)
This could had been excellent, had it been contained.
boring, depressing, miserable
Fairly strong drama with good central performances. Jennifer Connolly is her usual good self but the story, although it kept me involved, isn't the best. However, it does have a pleasing ending even if it is largely telegraphed.
Probably not a film that will linger in the memory but worth a watch on Netflix.
Jennifer is a quality actress even in sillier films when she was younger and she is good here but this film isn't that good of a film and from what I heard and read is that part of it is in the editing rather than the script because he can write some amazing scripts like Milk and okay scripts like J Edgar. I feel this movie is somewhere in the middle. He is doing lots of commentary of Utah and its way of life there with its politics and religion.
Sometimes, you just know “too much” when you see it—and too-much-ness spills from writer/director Dustin Lance Black’s funky drama. The title refers both to the setting—a Virginia beach town—and central character Virginia Nicholas (Jennifer Connelly), a single mother with a history of mental instability. She’s having an affair with local sheriff Dick Tipton (Ed Harris), a pillar of the local community and outwardly devout Mormon who’s running for state senate, but not just a run-of-the-mill affair; he’s into S&M gear. Then Virginia fakes being pregnant with Dick’s baby. And meanwhile, her 16-year-old son, Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson), is beginning a romantic relationship with Dick’s daughter (Emma Roberts). There are moments of emotional honesty here, particularly involving Dick’s wife (Amy Madigan) trying…