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A bit of a hankie teaser, but underdeveloped plot and characters emotionally detract
on April 12, 2013
Anna Paquin unconvincingly portrays a well-off Southern Mom and wife estranged from her husband, played by Luke Wilson. While she seems the raison d'etre of the film, the love, first and true, of two brothers, the fly in the ointment lost soul of a brother played by Ryan Phillippe adding tension to the mild estrangement of the husband and wife, no character portrays a complete personality. Instead, predictable stereotypes seem to direct the plot. Anna's portrayal is brittle and bristling as though she is playing AT a person instead of IN the character. This greatly detracts from the entire film.
The bright lights are the children, mysterious and surprising, accepting of the unconventional which their parents stridently reject. The ending seems artificial, a twist to remove the unrequited love of the lost brother for the solid renewal of the Luke Wilson/Anna Paquin marriage. In total, interesting but not compelling enough to recommend to friends and family.