This movie came out some time ago, and I remember wanting to see it, just never getting around to doing so…however…I finally did not too long ago! :) It’s not exactly what I had remembered the movie being about, but that’s not a bad thing either. It definitely surprised me because sometimes you just never know what you’ll get with an all-star cast like Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell.
This definitely is quite the “pull at your heartstrings” type of movie that will make you laugh, chuckle, and then cry all at the same time. It follows the story of DeNiro and his grown children who cancel a family reunion so abruptly leaving (the recent widower) setting off on a cross country journey to reconnect with each of them. DeNiro character is a father who would not or could not realize he was expressing lifelong disappointment with his children if they were less than “the best.” They had spent years hiding any flaws from him and sharing their struggles only with their mother, who had passed several months earlier. Their stories come together as he travels the country to reconnect.
You watch the movie as an outsider, but then through DeNiro’s eyes, and finally through his children’s relationships among themselves and how they view their father secretly. You relive various stages of their lives and how they each viewed the situation at that particular moment, not realizing how the other person involved may have seen it.
One of the messages of the movie seems to be that it’s not too late to pick up the pieces, but you can suffer great losses if you get too distracted and wait too long — and we all need to take a breath and be more accepting of one another’s choices. It’s not so much that we should “settle” but rather that there are better ways to measure true success.
It’s definitely a must see for all family members. I don’t believe there’s any adult situations; however they *may* be some language, but again, I can’t pinpoint this either.