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Always surprised when good actors (Farrell, Crowe, Smith) show up in appallingly bad movies. Still, not one of them mailed it in; they all tried, but the movie is a waste of time.
I think it deserved a better rating than it got: I suspect that many of the audience ratings come from people substantially younger than, say, 40. Great acting from Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga; just a simple orientation day at Middleton, where their kids might attend. Plumbs the depths of middle age angst (in a funny way, though) and some really heartfelt moments.
The high scores for this lovely little movie are well earned. Newman's performance reminds us of what a REAL actor can do. Jessica Tandy and, yes, even Bruce Willis are great in support. I've re-watched it a couple of times. Although it doesn't set out to be a Christmas movie, it should be on all those "best Christmas movies" lists. Newman plays an ordinary guy, yes, but shows us what's best in humanity.
I think it deserves a slightly better rating than the audience score reflects. Clever plot and nicely acted. All the roles are picture-perfectly acted. I loved her family scenes with her goofy mom and dad, for example, and her black little brother ("what? I'm ADOPTED?").