Impressively, it took only five minutes before I found Emanuel Langdon (Kaya Scodelario)—the 17-year-old girl damaged by being the cause of her mother's death in childbirth—absolutely insufferable in her quippy bitchiness, delighting in making everyone around her uncomfortable but we need to cut her some slack because hey she's still grieving. It took 15 minutes for me to grant writer/director Francesca Gregorini some leeway for not dragging out an obvious plot development regarding Emanuel's mysterious new next-door neighbor, single mother Linda (Jessica Biel) for whom Emanuel starts babysitting. But over the course of the rest of the film, Gregorini never manages to make the fragile psyches of her characters feel genuine, or their connections anything more than writerly conveniences. The result is a bunch of scattered weirdness that seems like it's supposed to be heartbreaking when instead it's simply lurid, or unintentionally hilarious. Anyone who kicked Silver Linings Playbook's ass for appearing to promote easy cathartic cures for mental illness needs to understand: This is what that nonsense really looks like. (Scott Renshaw)
- Genres: drama
- Running Time: 96 min.
- Release Date: Friday, January 18,2013
- MPAA Rating: NR
- Directed by: Francesca Gregorini
- Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O'Connor
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