A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies.
Sarah Jessica Parker,
A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
A 90-year-old woman, rapidly losing her memory and knowing that sooner or later her life will be over, returns to the Manitoba farmhouse she grew up in to try and make peace with her dysfunctional family.
Young Lori Anderson lost her father in a plane crash. While her mother appears to be picking up the pieces of her life, Lori isn't. She is resentful of every decision that her mother makes ... See full summary »
Sarah Jessica Parker,
Lawrence Wetherhold is miserable and misanthropic: he's a widower, a pompous professor at Carnegie Mellon, an indifferent father to a college student and a high-school senior, and the reluctant brother of a ne'er-do-well who's come to town. A seizure and a fall send Lawrence to the emergency room where the physician, a former student of his, ends up going on a date with him. His daughter, Vanessa, lonely and friendless, who's been bonding with his brother, tries to sabotage dad and the doctor's relationship, but Lawrence is good at that without help. Is there any way these smart people can get a life? Can happiness be pursued beneath layers of irony? Written by
When Lawrence and Janet are in bed he asks her a question and she moves her arm above her head. The shot switches and while she's answering her arm is down at her side. After she answers she again lifts it up. See more »
Many people here started with the cast and unavoidable and unfortunate references to Juno. Well... so am I... Anyway, I think that bringing very well known actors into the film carried expectations in the wrong direction. The real hero here is the story, not any particular character.
You have this emotionally withdrawn university professor who no one likes and is a jerk to anyone just because he is still hurt inside by the death of his wife. His daughter is trying to clone him as much as possible while the brother went rebellious. What else can fix this dysfunctional family but love?
There is nothing flashy about the performances, but then again, it shouldn't be, given the plot. The ending is not something one can really spoil, you can see it coming a long way. The comedic part is not very funny, because it wasn't supposed to be a funny story. So in the end you are left with the story, which is something one can and must feel in order to enjoy the movie.
I think the best quote in the movie was "You sound like a stupid motivational speaker!". It perfectly describes the movie, as a story anyone thinks they've heard before, but that itself doesn't make it less real or true.
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