I've been noticing this film on the shelves for a while now. I spoke about it earlier in one of my blogs that I found it somewhere for two-dollars. Jesse Eisenberg eventually worked as a deciding factor. I especially enjoyed his work in The Social Network, and I wanted to see what Lex Luther was like as a kid. Other-wise, the film also stars Laura Linney, Jeff Daniels, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, and Anna Paquin.
Basically, in this story, Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels play a married couple that are troubled with their marriage. They have fallen out of love, woe is thy, and opted for a divorce. They would share custody of the kids, Jesse Eisenberg plays a sixteen year-old and Owen Kline plays his twelve year old little brother. Basically, the film focuses on a lot how the kids and the parents react to the situations sprung up by the divorce. It always deals with how the parents has evidently shaped the personality of their oldest son. The father seems like a pretentious jackass throughout almost the entire movie. He berates just about everything and likes to pretend that he's the smartest guy in every room that he's in.
... He's a writer.
The oldest son absolutely idolizes him though, takes everything that he says as factual, and is basically in the process of being a jerk in his own right. Meanwhile, his little brother is just weird. He does this thing with a couple of books at the library and a girl's locker, that kind-of, um, kind-of made the movie for me. The mother seems like the most likable of the bunch, except everybody seems to hate her throughout a lot of the film. The film never really captures the level of depth that I would have liked, nor was it what I was looking for when I bought it, but I think that it was a good film.
It feels like I am watching an eighty-minute sitcom amongst this family, and all of the characters have distinctive quirks and things that make them unique. It's silly, but still has some heavier subject matter involved. Other-wise, there's also a lot of humor in the film. It's a different type of humor for it than what is seen in a lot of other films, it's drier, like for example, with Jeff Daniels' character, it's funny because he's full of himself. Eisenberg is funny because he hangs on his every word. And the youngest son is funny because he's really, really weird.
In conclusion, I don't know that I would call it a great film, but it's different and absolutely is an above-average film. There's a lot of charm to it, and it's remarkable how much you get a feel for the characters after a run-time of only eighty-one minutes.
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Rating: Above Average