In Brooklyn Bridge Park, eleven year old Zachary Cowan strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan Longstreet across the face with a stick after an argument. Among the more serious of Ethan's injuries is a permanently missing tooth and the possibility of a second tooth also being lost. Their respective parents learn of the altercation through Ethan's parents questioning him about his injuries. The Longstreet parents invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner. They are: Penelope Longstreet, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, she whose priorities in life include human rights and justice; Michael Longstreet, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation; Nancy Cowan, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman; and Alan Cowan, who is married more to his work as evidenced by the attachment he has to his cell phone and taking work calls at the most inopportune times. Although the meeting starts ... Written by
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Michael takes the phone from the vase and a close shot shows it in his left hand as well as Alan's left hand to the right. Alan's fingers are outstretched. The camera cuts to a reverse shot, where his fingers are not outstretched. See more »
This is easily the funniest movie I have seen in a VERY long time. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much in a film. The chemistry between the four characters is phenomenal. I can say I have never seen four different actors interact in such a magnificently enjoying and satisfying manner. The dialogue, acting and adaption of character is truly superb. Each of the 4 actors give a powerhouse performance. I honestly could not have suggested a better cast for such a movie.
Each actor in this movie easily deserves an Oscar nomination, no doubt about it. However, John C Reilly went over and beyond. Although it would be unjust to the other actors to say that Reilly stole the show, he has clearly, in my opinion, created the most comedic, transforming and realistic character within the movie. Every one of the actors should get nominated for a remarkable performance, but I would give the Oscar to Reilly. He had me laughing the most and his explosion of character towards the end was utterly satisfying.
To sum up, If you don't usually laugh in ordinary "comedy" films, but love witty comedy developed from acting, script and circumstance alone, this is perfect.
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