Source: Catholic News Service
Offbeat comedy about a struggling, emotionally autistic L.A. actor (Zach Braff) deadpanning it in a lithium-induced daze, who returns to his New Jersey home after 10 years in order to attend his mother's funeral and, through a series of chance encounters with old slacker friends and an eccentric girl (Natalie Portman), begins to reclaim his life, including his estranged relationship with his father (Ian Holm). Well written and acted, the visually quirky film (Braff's directorial debut) offers witty observations on family, loss and America's fascination with pharmaceutical solutions to life's problems. However, the movie's hope-affirming message is weighed down by its catatonic talkiness. Recurring drug content, sexual encounters with partial nudity, and some rough and crude language and humor. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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