Years ago, Scott left common lover Katherine at the altar to become a hedonistic junkie. She married his brother William, a successful Louisiana workaholic, who sired a daughter but probably not bright nerd son Charles and is serially adulterous on his many business trips. Now Scott returns on horseback, having lost his drivers permit, inviting himself and proving a popular, yet unreliable uncle for Charles. Making up with father is impossible due to Alzheimer. As Scott keeps surprising his family, his sad secret emerges.Written by
The movie is said to be set in Louisiana, but William (Luke Wilson) says (while on a business trip), "When I get back to Dallas, I'm leaving my wife." See more »
When Katherine (Anna Paquin) picks up her phone after making dinner and setting the table she gets a text from her husband William (Luke Wilson) "Just closed Deal. Missed last flight. Be home tomorrow." According to the movie it is supposed to be Thursday and the kids are in school already, but the date on her phone says, Saturday, August 27th. See more »
[about pet frog]
So what happened here?
Sampson passed away.
Oh, I'm sorry. That really sucks. How'd it happened?
I'm in the middle of an investigation. Could be foul play.
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Not even a hero riding in high on a horse can defeat this toad. There are traces of a smart idea behind this film, and the quality of cast indicates they managed to convince a few significant princes and princesses. Unfortunately, they all seem stuck inside the belly of a template Hollywood family film.
Despite the title and the importance of a couple lively kid actors, the straight A student and school aspect is just a subplot seemingly forced in, a distraction from the main focus of the film, which is the adults.
This review may be a little too harsh. I don't live in the Texas/Louisiana area where the film takes place, and it may be it's intended for that region specifically. It's definitely more educational than a Texas/Louisiana school, so it may seem like a revelation for parents and children alike in that area.
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