While the movie portrays many strong, successful black characters is centered on the trope/stereotype of Eloise's Dad being the sole 'bad seed' in his family. It also kind of incongruously had his as completely blind to his failings and the reasons for his drug use rendering him entirely two dimensional until his big turn around at the end. Even Costner's character was pretty two dimensional...playing the older white man with a 'slight' drinking problem...skirting the fact that the poor guy probably needed rehab. The whole thing was a bit vanilla to me. The writing and directing really made a powderpuff out of what could have been a striking story/film ending up forgettable.