Plot Summary: Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) might be imperiously
brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant – but
when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he’s as
downright flummoxed as the next guy. His teenaged daughter (Ellen Page) is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows all too closely in
dad’s misery-loving footsteps, and his adopted, preposterously ne’er-
do-well brother (Thomas Haden Church) has perfected the art of
freeloading. A widower who can’t seem to find passion in anything
anymore, not even the Victorian Literature in which he’s an expert, it
seems Lawrence is sleepwalking through a very stunted middle age.
When his brother shows up unexpectedly for an extended stay at just
about the same time as he accidentally encounters his former student
Janet (Sarah Jessica Parker), the circumstances cause him to stir
from his deep, deep freeze, with often comical, sometimes
heartbreaking, consequences for himself and everyone around him.
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April 11th, 2008 (limited)
August 12th, 2008 (DVD)
Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, Ashton Holmes, Christine Lahti
Total: 8 vote(s).
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Rated R for language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality.