There's a freshness and authenticity to the characters in
One parent is more uptight and controlling, the other a bit insecure and flighty. Their teenage children are well-adjusted, but their folks' "hovering" meets with a lot of eyeball rolling. And, oh, yes, the parents are Mom and Mom.
As Jules and Nic,
As the cool outsider, Paul offers them a chance at fun without lecture or judgment. Paul is very sweet, but his sexy "why not" lifestyle creates a near-meltdown for this non-traditional, traditional family. Ruffalo's wonderful portrayal makes us feel that, in this scenario, he might have the most to lose.
With intelligent dialogue and near-perfect performances, this is a film that rings true about the tangled, loving messiness that is marriage and family.
Jolie plays experienced
The political plot is outrageous as usual in these stories. But that's all part of the "Mission Impossible" style of moving making. It's hard to imagine another actress pulling off this job with the same fearless approach and quiet credibility that Jolie brings to the screen. She marches right into this male-dominated genre and boldly holds her own in every way. This movie might even garner
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