Novelists are awesome. A good book is like an old friend, and we tip our proverbial hat to anyone who can pluck a tale from thin air and entertain or, better yet, enlighten a total stranger. Put too many writers in one family, though, and the plot is bound to get thick with complications.
This debut for writer-director Josh Boone — who'll next helm "The Fault In Our Stars" — presents William Borgens (Greg Kinnear), a successful author who just can't get over his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly), even though she's moved on to a new, more buff flame. Sure, he's got some bedroom action of his own going on with a neighbor (Kristen Bell), but it's not quite satisfying his need for all the feels. Meanwhile, his two children have some drama of their own to grapple with. Daughter Samantha (Lily Collins) is a free bird when it comes to the horizontal mambo, and the fact that she's on her way to being published really irks the skin off her brother Rusty (Nat Wolff). Enter nice boy Lou (Logan Lerman) who looks to make an honest woman out of the girl somehow. People say some things, a few hugs are passed around and self-questions arise. Ah, family.
The film, which hits theaters on June 14, first debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"Fault" author John Green, for one, loved the movie and was thus convinced he "won the lottery" by nabbing Boone as the director for his adaptation.