Not your typical summer fluff. This one’s Oscar material with not one false note.
Based on a real life story, Chris Pine (best known as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek”) is a fast-talking salesman who finds out his estranged father died on the same day he loses his gig. He’s so estranged, he intentionally misses the funeral on the west coast, leaving mom Michelle Pfeiffer alone in her grief. Hoping for an inheritance from his record exec dad, he’s instead left with a medicine bag filled with money with instructions to take it to the half-sister he never knew existed.
Chris Pine gives his best performance yet. Pfeiffer reminds us what a great actress she has been through the years-and props to her for showing face lifts and botox are not a prerequisite to mature beauty. Elizabeth Banks and an underused and de-glammed Olivia Wilde continue to impress. The indie go-to man of the season, Mark Duplass, continues his streak of near weekly movie roles, albeit a tiny one this time.
This is a dramedy for adults only. It’s all about family and relationships. It’s one of the best to come along this year and so aptly titled because it IS about people like us: flawed individuals who hopefully can make connections and find forgiveness as we make our way through life.