Liev Schreiber (Salt) heads an all-star cast in this warm and wise comic drama as Ned, a loving husband and devoted father dealing with life's curveballs. He's got a stressed-out wife (Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets) an independent teenage son (Ezra Miller, City Island), and an embittered father-in-law (Brian Dennehy, Silverado) who's turning his home upside down. Ned's job writing a scandalous TV series for a demanding boss (Eddie Izzard, Valkyrie) is unfulfilling, and late night rewrites with a sexy co-worker (Carla Gugino, Entourage) might just push him over the deep end. This modern family story by Nip/Tuck producer/writer Richard Levine is filled with heart, humor and life's unexpected twists that teach Ned that marriage and parenthood don’t always go according to the script.
The description for this movie makes it sound rather amusing in a sad-sack way, but I just found it dismal. There is an impressive gathering of talent--Liev Shrieber, Helen Hunt and Brian Dennehy especially--but the subject matter was just too dark and depressing for my taste. I have watched many a sad movie and came away informed, inspired or emotionally impacted. This was not one of those movies. I didn't feel like I learned anything...I wasn't inspired and I really wasn't that emotionally impacted. … more