I really enjoyed this movie. It involves three stories with intertwining characters, but it’s different than other films that use this technique. At times the film goes into split screen with the scene on one side and text on the other. The text describes either backstory on the character or what will happen to them in the future, which I found to be an interesting idea. It’s always nice to be hit with something different since so many films are the same. This was particularly nice because it allowed us to jump right into the characters lives without having to spend much time getting to know what happened to them before, and when the film ends we have a lot of insight into how things ended up for each of them.
Even though this movie has an ensemble cast, Lisa Kudrow is the standout. I’ve been a fan of hers for years, always admiring her talent to be hilariously funny while also having the ability to break your heart in dramatic roles. I have to say in this movie she blew me away like never before. I’d say she deserved an Oscar for this role but that wouldn’t be enough, they’d have to give her about ten of them for it to be fair. She actually took my breath away toward the end during a particularly heartbreaking and shocking scene. Just remarkable.
Besides Lisa’s role, my favorite thing in the film was the story of Otis (Jason Ritter) a closeted gay musician with a rich and disconnected father (Tom Arnold). A selfish golddigger named Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal) comes into their lives, complicating things but ultimately ends up helping more than hurting.
Writer/Director Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex, Bounce, The Other Woman) does a great job at marrying comedy and drama in all the stories, giving this movie a something for everyone feel. This is definitely worth checking out, no matter what you’re into.