DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment and Kurtzman Orci Paper Products present a PG-13, approximately 120 minute, drama, directed by Alex Kurtzman, written by Alex Kurtzman, Jody Lambet and Roberto Orci with a theatre release date of June 29, 2012.
His mother was glad he made it home even though life for Sam growing up in that house was never comforting between him and his dad. It wasn’t until his father’s attorney (Philip Baker Hall) shows up with a shaving kit that belonged to his father that made Sam think he cared. Why because there was $150,000 rolled up inside but it came with a note. A note that asked him to deliver the money to Josh Davis (Michael Hall D’Addario), a young 11 year old boy who lived with his single mother Frankie (Elizabeth Banks). Sam automatically assumed the woman was a mistress to his father but later finds out she is his sister and Josh is his nephew. Josh is not quite the ideal son, nor student, always getting in trouble for one thing or another.
Sam finds a way to entangle his life into Frankie’s by first introducing himself in a ‘stranger danger’ kind of way to Josh. Also meeting and befriending Frankie so much to the point that she begins to feel an emotional yet sexual attraction to him. Of course, not knowing they are related but Sam does as he struggles for the right time to tell her the truth. When the time comes it is well overdue and surely doesn’t go so well. Frankie has confided in Sam her deepest thoughts about her father which unknowingly to her was his father as well. After a young age he stopped showing up to see her which led her to believe in the end that there was something wrong with her.
When Sam decides to stay longer in California he is later faced with the truth from his mother about the choices that were made for the sake of Sam. The truth hurts sometimes and the words “I’m sorry” don’t always ring true to the ears of the person meant to hear them. Forgiveness is always the biggest step on the road to recovery even if the one to forgive is not there in body any longer. Her father never came back but Sam did, truthfully though he was always there from the start.
Nicely directed and written with a bit of a lull in the middle this film is sure to make your laugh, smile, tear up and overall realize that all families have their secrets and none of them are perfect by far. Accompanied by a nice score that surrounds itself around old time favorites due to the fact that Jerry Harper, the deceased father, in his younger days was a record producer but sadly died at the age of 63. Beautifully acted the film will fare well with the audience that can appreciate its worth, sadly though that will most likely not be a mass audience.
Pine does a remarkable job as he struggles with many different emotions on the job, home, parents, and the new addition to the family he never knew he had. Wilde doesn’t have a lot of screen time but looks good when she does. Banks is ideal as the single mom struggling to raise a problem child, D’Addario who by the way is quite the actor himself. Pfeiffer who I did not like in “Dark Shadows” is far from in the dark here but rather shines bright with an eye on the prize. Definitely a well-balanced supporting cast this film has a wonderful story line albeit a bit over-done at times yet still quite entertaining. Written with 2 paws out of four, I’m Jon Patch.
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