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Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this drama exploring the complexities of modern family life. When 20-something New York salesman Sam (Pine) receives news that his long-estranged record producer dad has died at his home in Los Angeles, and that his mother, Lillian (Pfeiffer), has fallen ill with a heart condition, he flies out to California, where he swiftly finds his life turned inside out. It transpires that his father had a hidden life, one result of which is Sam's half-sister, Frankie (Banks), now a recovering alcoholic and single mother to eleven-year-old Josh (Michael Hall D'Addario). Their meeting and subsequent relationship dramatically changes the lives of both siblings as they come to terms with the fallout of long-held family secrets and lies.

Starring:
David Burrus, Elizabeth Banks
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DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring David Burrus, Elizabeth Banks, Dean Chekvala, Philip Baker Hall, Michael Hall D'Addario, Barbara Eve Harris, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Mark Duplass, Sarah Mornell, Joseph Wise, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director Alex Kurtzman
Genres Drama
Studio Disney
Rental release 4 March 2013
Main languages English

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2013
Format: DVD
There are moments in our life, decisions we must make that define who we are. Sam (Chris Pine) must face a myriad of these in a short period of time. Sam works as a corporate barterer who has gotten himself into legal and financial problems. When his father dies, Sam leaves with his wife/girlfriend? (Olivia Wilde) to reluctantly attend his dad's funeral. His mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) is cold and distant.

Sam's father was a record producer who had a daughter, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) from another relationship. Sam finds this out from the attorney. He is instructed to give Frankie and her son (Joseph Wise) $150,000 dad had designated for them. Faced with financial problems of his own, and not knowing how to go about this, Sam is reluctant to hand over the money, but manages to work his way into their hectic lives. The bulk of the movie is consumed by us waiting for the moment of truth when Frankie finds out Sam is her half-brother.

The formula is cliche. Chris Pine was less than stellar, but the supporting cast was great. The heart warming ending is predictable. If you simply like a feel good movie with light drama and humor...and who doesn't, count this one in and don't forget the Puffs.

Parental Guide: 1 f-bomb, minor sex scene, no nudity. Minor sex talk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Myfallenheart on 7 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
Whilst at first the main characters of this film might seem somewhat unlikeable as you watch the movie and learn about them and their past you get a real understanding of why they are who they are. I found the movie very touching and enjoyed watching the characters who are flawed individuals but who grow as the film progresses and whom you find are actually good people who have been scarred by life. It's not blockbuster material with a huge in your face storyline but its a lovely movie about people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 12 April 2014
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True to life great acting and good story line . the young boy was brilliant. Bought it for my parents they also really enjoyed it.
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By suru on 11 Feb 2014
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This film is probably one people generally haven't heard too much about - but it is really is one to watch. Its portrayal of what can happen when someone dies and secrets are revealed (which, believe me happens - having lived this - the same thing actually happened to my father as happened in this film) is accurate and the emotions shown are superbly acted. Chris Pine is an actor who shows he can act - the complex feelings of dealing with loss and the disappointment in his deceased father, and then the discovery of a second family his father had, and the discovery his mother knew, whilst dealing with his own problems, is alot to show on screen, but Chris Pine pulls it off. Elizabeth Banks as the "sister" is also excellent as is the young man who plays the "nephew". Its a journey of discovery - of self, and others who you thought you knew - and of those who come into your life in the most bizarre, and sometimes, most distresssing way.
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By Mr. C. Saliba on 7 Feb 2014
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this is a wounderful film with a stella cast who bring it to life , and based on a true story if you need a little faith in humanity
watch this film
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By Lez on 7 Feb 2014
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I love this film. So pleased I was able to purchase from Amazon. The DVD is in excellant condition even though it was delivered a day late, sometime these things cannot be avoided.
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