Watched Apr 20, 2008
Karen Krizanovich’s review:
Dennis Quaid gains pounds to play a disgruntled academic widower whose life has gone stale in every way possible. This dysfunctional family drama revolves around the daily actions of an intellectual daughter (Page from Juno), poet son (Ashton Holmes from History of Violence) and layabout but worldly-wise adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church of Sideways). They stay locked in their routines until an ex-student – and now doctor (Parker) – breathes life back into the widower’s personal life, displeasing the possessive daughter. Written by novelist Mark Jude Poirier, commercials whiz Noam Murro directs this funny, mildly poignant look at ‘smart people’, people who should know better, with a sure hand but ends up affecting the head rather than the heart.