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  • 12
  • Alex Kurtzman (2012)
  • US
  • 109 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Real-life events are the inspiration for this unusually forthright drama about a slick salesman (Chris Pine) trying to get in touch with his feelings. Pine makes a smooth transition from being annoying to engaging as Sam, who not only handles the news of his estranged father's death badly, but then also has to deal with the shocking revelation that he has a half-sister, Frankie (a hard-nosed Elizabeth Banks), with a claim to the estate. His concerned mother (subtly played by Michelle Pfeiffer) struggles to understand his erratic behaviour and Frankie is also oblivious to what's going on. She misinterprets the nature of Sam's interest in her, and co-writer/director Alex Kurtzman makes this development the crux of the story. Tension builds as Sam becomes more involved in Frankie's life and that of her son (Michael Hall D'Addario), but Kurtzman focuses on this so much that it feels less like real life and more of a soap opera. A few laughs alleviate the burden, but it's the performances, rather than script or direction, that keep the film anchored to some kind of reality.

Plot Summary

A salesman returns home for his father's funeral, and is surprised to discover a mysterious beneficiary in the will. He realises he has a sister he never knew existed, and tracks down the woman and her son, hoping to uncover the truth about his father's past - but does not reveal himself as her brother. Drama, starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sam
Chris Pine
Frankie
Elizabeth Banks (2)
Lillian
Michelle Pfeiffer
Hannah
Olivia Wilde
Josh
Michael Hall D'Addario
Ike Rafferty
Philip Baker Hall
Ted
Mark Duplass
Richards
Jon Favreau

Crew

Director
Alex Kurtzman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Disney
Guidance: 
Swearing, drug abuse.
Released 9 Nov 2012
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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