I review stuff that I (usually) enjoy and try to spread the recommendations and love of movies around.
Biased because while it feels very real, and right to be that way, it’s not the only kind of adoption story I want to see out there
But also I am an extremely fortunate adoptee, and I’m still coming to terms with both just how lucky that can be, and the unavoidable shortfalls that seem to always come with adoption
A strong debut by both Ray Romano and Jacob Ward.
Romano shows a great ability to manage an ensemble.
The care of writing their characters is really evident, and Romano and Stegman do a really fantastic job of putting people equally in “Sticks’s” sneakers and Leo’s shoes. It would’ve been really easy to fuck that up by making the scholarship the be-all-end-all, but it’s not much more than a good opportunity. That little detail brings the focus back to the characters, and gives time for others, especially Laurie Metcalf, to tell their stories, too.