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Mark Poirier (written by)
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11 April 2008 (USA) See more »
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Sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn
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Into the life of a widowed professor comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Quaid ... Lawrence Wetherhold

Sarah Jessica Parker ... Janet Hartigan

Thomas Haden Church ... Chuck Wetherhold

Ellen Page ... Vanessa Wetherhold

Ashton Holmes ... James Wetherhold

Christine Lahti ... Nancy

Camille Mana ... Missy

David Denman ... William
Don Wadsworth ... Hadley

Robert Haley ... Roth

Patrick Sebes ... Curtis

Kevin James Doyle ... Rodney
Paul Huber ... Ben (as Paul J. Huber)
Iva Jean Saraceni ... Volunteer

Richard John Walters ... Parking Lot Attendant

Scott A. Martin ... Weller
Jane Mowder ... Knight
Adam Kroloff ... Talbot

Patrick Jordan ... Waiter

Amanda Jane Cooper ... Brooke
Kiley Caughey ... Linsey
Christy Harst ... Waitress
Rick Warner ... Bloomberg
Barret Hackney ... Joseph
José A. Rivas ... Student (as Jose A. Rivas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zilda Alvez ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Tony Amen ... Dining Patron (uncredited)
Elysia Annacini ... Professor (uncredited)
Stephanie Bankosh ... Airport patron (uncredited)

Aaron Bernard ... Pool Shark (uncredited)
Will Guffey ... Student (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Diner Guest (uncredited)

William Kania ... Man at Luggage Pick-up (uncredited)

Benjamin Jeran McGinn ... Student (uncredited)
Jackson Nunn ... Club Scene: Dining (uncredited)

Joe Pawlenko ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jon Yu ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Noam Murro 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mark Poirier (written by) (as Mark Jude Poirier)

Produced by
Omar Amanat .... executive producer
Deborah Aquila .... co-producer
Steffen Aumueller .... executive producer (as Steffen Aumüller)
Bill Block .... executive producer
Said Boudarga .... executive producer
Claus Clausen .... co-producer
Michael Costigan .... producer
Marina Grasic .... executive producer
Paul Hanson .... executive producer
Bridget Johnson .... producer
Michael London .... producer
Kenneth Orkin .... executive producer
Bruna Papandrea .... producer
Jennifer Roth .... executive producer
Edward Rugoff .... executive producer (as Ed Rugoff)
Glenn M. Stewart .... co-producer (as Glenn Stewart)
John Woldenberg .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Nuno Bettencourt 
 
Cinematography by
Toby Irwin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Frazen 
Yana Gorskaya 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jennifer L. Smith  (as Jennifer Smith)
Tricia Wood 
 
Production Design by
Patti Podesta 
 
Art Direction by
Ron Mason 
 
Set Decoration by
Teresa Visinare 
 
Costume Design by
Amy Westcott 
 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... key makeup artist
Judy Chin .... makeup department head
Mandy Lyons .... hair department head
Kelly Nelson .... key hair artist
Cammi Upton .... makeup production assistant (uncredited)
Teresa Valenzuela .... wig maker (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Alexis Arnold .... production supervisor
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Roth .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lillian Awa .... second second assistant director
Richard Graves .... first assistant director
Eric Sherman .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Kimberlee Andrews .... art department coordinator
Timothy Barnhill .... set dresser
Joshua Bonnett .... on-set painter
Lisa Bruno .... on-set painter
Keith Brzozowski .... carpenter
Paul Bucciarelli .... on-set dresser
Robert Buncher .... set dresser
Eileen Garrigan .... lead scenic
Thomas J. Garrigan .... assistant property master (as Tom Garrigan)
Jim Heastings .... carpenter
Don Hedenburg .... paint foreman
Darryl Henley .... storyboard artist
Gary Jurysta .... on-set painter
Lauren Jurysta .... on-set painter
Kenneth J. Kellers .... lead dresser (as Ken Kellers)
Mark E. Kiley .... carpenter
Lara Lampenfield .... on-set painter (as Lara Lampenfeld)
Merissa Lombardo .... on-set painter
Lauri Mancuso .... on-set painter
Joseph A. Manni .... carpenter
Mike Matesic .... carpenter (as Michael J. Matesic)
Michael J. McKee .... carpenter (as Michael McKee)
Barbie Pastorik .... buyer
Justin Pelissero .... additional set dresser
Buster Pile .... construction coordinator
Ray Pivirotto .... lead dresser
Ronald J. Reitlinger .... carpenter
Mike Richer .... construction foreman
Michael Sabo .... property master (as Michael A. Sabo)
Christopher St. Pierre .... on-set painter
Diana Stoughton .... on-set painter
Scott B. Wood .... carpenter
Smith Harper Hutchings .... buyer (uncredited)
Smith Harper Hutchings .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jonathan Joseph .... art department intern (uncredited)
Mary O'Brien .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jesse Ross .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Noah Blough .... foley editor
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Emswiller .... sound mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Sandy Gendler .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor (as Rob Getty)
Danielle Ghent .... dialogue editor (as Danielle Fiorello)
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Jon Johnson .... sound effects editor
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist (as Pam Kahn)
Ronald Kelly .... assistant sound editor (as Ron Kelly)
Brian Magerkurth .... sound mix technician
Dennis Maitland II .... boom operator (as Dennis Maitland)
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Slack .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Mamie Stein .... second boom operator
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback mixer (uncredited)
Doug Mountain .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Jared Seidman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hank Addleberry .... special effects coordinator
Jim McPherson .... special effects assistant
Raymond M. Tasillo .... special effects assistant (as Ray Tasillo)
Jim Heastings .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Grant Janssen .... senior systems engineer: Post Logic Strudios
Eric Pardee .... data management: Post Logic Studios
Patrick Phillips .... inferno artist: Post Logic Studios
 
Stunts
Matt Baker .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Blane Allan .... additional grip
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Kevin Brady .... grip
Jarrett Buba .... electrician (as Jarret Buba)
Matthew Bulleri .... additional grip
Terrence C. Burke .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Terrence Burke)
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli .... dolly grip (as Brian Buzzelli)
Jorgen Christenen .... additional electrician (as Jorgen Christensen)
Steven H. Cohagen .... additional grip (as Steven H. Cohagan)
Joe Colangelo .... gaffer
Bart Flaherty .... key grip
Matthew J. Fridg .... additional electrician
Brad Garris .... additional grip
Greg Genco .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
David 'Yoko' Jose .... additional grip (as David Jose)
R. Scott Lawrence .... video assist operator
Chris Muchow .... additional electrician
Sean Murray .... additional electrician
Jean-Pierre Nutini .... electrician
Brian S. Osmond .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Brian Osmond)
David D. Pfenninger .... additional electrician
Ralph Roger Pivirotto .... grip (as Ralph Pivirotto)
Brian Powers .... electrician
Gilbert Salas .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ryan Schlagbaum .... additional electrician
Rich Schutte .... additional grip (as Richard K. Schutte)
Terry Shirk .... electrician
Doug Stanczak .... video assist operator
Brian Tilden .... additional electrician
Jeff Vandermolen .... best boy electric
Michael Zinobile .... best boy grip
Nick Zinobile .... grip
Tonja Greenfield .... camera loader (uncredited)
David Pipik .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Donna M. Belajac .... casting: Pittsburgh (as Donna Belajac)
Samantha Finkler .... casting associate
Melissa Mittereder .... extras casting assistant
Amy Monroe .... casting assistant: Pittzburgh
Nancy Mosser .... extras casting
Katie Shenot .... extras casting
Erin Toner .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steffany Bernstein .... costume supervisor
Roemehl Hawkins .... assistant costume designer
Brigitta Romanov .... costumer
Melissa Seitzer .... set costumer
Andrew Huntley II .... wardrobe intern (uncredited)
Hannah Jacobs .... costume intern (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist: Post Logic Studios
Ron Ischovitsch .... digital intermediate scanning technician: Post Logic Studios
Matthew W. Johnson .... iq editor: Post Logic Studios
Eva Prelle .... digital intermediate producer: Post Logfic Studios
Stuart Sperling .... first assistant editor
David Townsend .... post-production coordinator
Benjamin Wiser .... post-production assistant
Kenny Becker .... color timer (uncredited)
Brian Hayashi .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nuno Bettencourt .... musician: vocals
Charlie Bisharat .... musician: violin
Joseph Brown .... music engineer
Suze DeMarchi .... musician: vocals
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor
Bryan Lawson .... music editor (as Bryan Elliot Lawson)
Cameron Stone .... musician: cello
Sam Zeines .... assistant music editor
Bryan Clements .... scoring crew (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Scott W. Hallgren .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Scott W. Hallgren .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Steve Juliani .... music preparation (uncredited)
Todd Kasow .... music editor (uncredited)
Greg Loskorn .... scoring technician (uncredited)
Adam Michalak .... score recordist (uncredited)
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Michael Stern .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dennis Braun .... transportation captain
Daniel J. Dickman .... driver
Lauren Donnelly .... driver (as Lauren B. Donnelly)
Robert W. Fazio .... driver
Albert E. Hippert Sr. .... driver
Kenneth Jones .... driver
Richard P. Mareno .... driver
Tom McCue .... driver (as Tommy McCue)
Timothy McLaughlin .... driver (as Tim McLaughlin)
Ron Miller .... driver
Victor Najanick .... driver
Joseph C. Pokorny .... driver (as Joe Pokorny)
Joe Rogers .... driver
Byron Roland .... driver
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Terrence J. Sullivan .... driver (as Terence J. Sullivan)
Greg Viglione .... driver
Tom Weifenbach .... driver
Keith Wichryk .... driver (as Keith John Wichryk)
Stella Zambrano .... driver (as Stella A. Zambrano)
Mike Bearer .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Matt Adler .... adr cast
Katie Apollo .... business and legal affairs: Groundswell
Teddy Au .... production accountant (as Theodore Au)
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Elizabeth A. Bergman .... post-production accountant (as Elizabeth Bergman)
Eric Borja .... assistant: Ms. Farrell, Groundswell
David Boyle .... business and legal affairs: Groundswell
Ranjani Brow .... adr cast
Craig T. Brown .... production assistant (as Craig Brown)
Ryan Cheevers .... business and legal affairs: Groundswell
June Christopher .... adr cast
Emma Cooper .... publicity consultant
Keith Cooper .... assistant chef
Romy Cutler-Lengyel .... adr cast
Tom Dooley .... stand-in: Mr. Quaid
Joshua M. Dragotta .... location scout (as Josh Dragotta)
Joshua Dupre .... assistant chef
Marc Dworkin .... script coordinator
David Farr .... assistant accountant
Juliana Farrell .... production executive: Groundswell
Gregory Felmley .... assistant location manager (as Greg Felmey)
Kimberly Fox .... international sales: QED International
Elisa Gabrielli .... adr cast
Elizabeth Grave .... assistant: Mr. London
Tonya Greenfield .... production assistant
Will Greenfield .... assistant production coordinator
Paula Gregg .... craft service
Tracey Grimes .... account executive: Post Logic Studios
Andrew Hainey .... assistant chef
Alex Hamilton .... assistant location manager (as Alex Mary Hamilton)
Peter Herzig .... chief financial officer: Groundswell
Chris Hinton .... production assistant
Wendy Hoffman .... adr cast (as Wendy Hoffmann)
Beau Holden .... assistant: Mr. Quaid
Bill Hooton .... production assistant (as William W. Hooton)
Steve Jacks .... intern
Richard Jannone .... adr cast
Tatyana Joffe .... international sales: QED International
Jonathan Joseph .... intern
Gina Kelly .... payroll accountant
Carl Kent .... set medic
Cynthia Kim .... assistant: Ms. Papandrea
Kati Lightholder .... accounting clerk
Elina Malkin .... assistant: Mr. Murro
Matthew M. McCloskey .... production assistant (as Matthew McCloskey)
Kathy McCurdy .... location manager
Ian McDade .... intern
Dominic Mecchia .... production assistant
Julie Moffa .... craft service assistant
Steven Montgomery .... business and legal affairs: Groundswell
Lauren Newhouse .... production assistant
Adam Nietupski .... intern
Timothy Papciak .... production assistant
Jason Planitzer .... production assistant
Maresa Pullman .... assistant: Mr. Costigan
Melinda Relyea .... assistant: Ms. Parker
Jean-Michel Richaud .... adr cast
James Rigal .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group
Bert Rosario .... adr cast
Anthony Rossi III .... production coordinator
Bob Ruefle .... assistant location manager
Kristin Sanctis .... location coordinator
Kevin Schwimer .... adr cast
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Colby Shrefler .... assistant location manager
Jason Silvis .... craft service assistant
Rick Simek .... chef
Raffi Simonian .... title designer: main titles, NAU
Mary Beth Spears .... set medic
Andrea Spring .... craft service assistant
Sharon Steinhauser .... business and legal affairs: Groundswell
Kylie Straub .... production assistant
Marie Tang .... assistant: Ms. Johnson
John Hans Tester .... adr cast (as Hans Tester)
Tara Tortorello .... assistant: Mr. Murro
Jared Underwood .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group
Cammi Upton .... production assistant
Cristina Weigmann .... script supervisor
Matthew Wellins .... production assistant
Lisa Wilhoit .... adr cast
Dana Wilkey .... product placement: Adwil Agency
Janice Williams .... vice president of physical production: Groundswell
Barret Hackney .... standin (uncredited)
John W. Iwanonkiw .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jeffrey Jones .... stand-in (uncredited)
James A. Mahathey .... location scout (uncredited)
Curtis McCormick .... epk sound (uncredited)
Benjamin Jeran McGinn .... stand-in (uncredited)
Susan Moran .... stand-in (uncredited)
Walter E. Myal .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Guillaume Renberg .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Vicki Dee Rock .... production executive (uncredited)
Judy Strazzera .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Anna Dobkin .... special thanks
Todd Eckert .... special thanks
Kaylin Frank .... special thanks
Roeg Sutherland .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-11 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15A | Mexico:B | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:15 | USA:R (PCA #43519)

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Trivia:
Rachel Weisz was originally cast opposite Dennis Quaid in this film, but she decided to leave the project. She was then replaced with Sarah Jessica Parker.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the bar scene in the middle of the film, there is a song overdubbed. When you turn the subtitles on, the lyrics are displayed and prefaced by "Man:". However, a woman is singing.See more »
Quotes:
Janet Hartigan:I'm sorry I called you an arrogant windbag the other night.
Lawrence Wetherhold:You called me a *pompous* windbag the other night.
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Q.P.D.See more »

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21 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Less is more, 27 April 2008
Author: wjellick from United States

Not for your average movie-goer, this one. Although the situation is teed up nicely for a typical feel-good ensemble gush-fest, it resists that temptation and takes you to a place where the characters are not, although they seem to need it, ready for rehab. It has an easy, rambling style that gradually rather than gratuitously opens their world to us without (for the most part) overly relying on hackneyed situations and gimmicks (although Quaid's insistence on keeping his wifes clothing was not one of them). In fact, the situations portrayed are so dark and lo- keyed that I wondered if this movie could have been made without the ready-made typecast qualities of Quaid, Haden-Church and Parker. ...Gritty Pittsburgh backdrop in a very real academic surrounding adds to the slice-of-life tone.

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