Cusack and Skye's relationship develops nicely and believably, but Crowe has not written an entirely convincing character for the latter to play.
At last, a teenage love story with real characters instead of cliches, poses, and attitudes.
he love story is as old-fashioned as the jokes are old hat, but Crowe's amusing script and unforced direction allow the actors to develop reasonably authentic characters from stereotypical roles.
The film is all charming performances and grace notes, but there are plenty of worse things to be.
| Original Score: 3/5
The cast is irresistibly charming, down to the bit parts by Lili Taylor and Amy Brooks as Lloyd's best friends.
Smart, well-developed characters, believable situations, and a solid emotional investment for us in the film's people and circumstances
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A movie like this is possible because its maker believes in the young characters, and in doing the right thing, and in staying true to oneself.
| Original Score: 4/4