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Source: Catholic News Service

Well-acted, edgy, but only so-so comedy-drama about a self-absorbed, arrogant college professor-widower (a fine Dennis Quaid) in midlife crisis who improbably falls in love with a former student, now a doctor (Sarah Jessica Parker), while coping with a freeloading brother (Thomas Haden Church), a precocious, overachieving daughter (Ellen Page) and a distant son (Ashton Holmes). Mark Jude Poirier's intelligent screenplay -- well paced by first-time feature director Noam Munro -- is perceptive of human nature in many ways, but strong language and unconventional plot elements may bother viewers despite the morally sound wrap-up. Nongraphic premarital sex, condom use, frank sexual remarks, rough language, brief rear nudity, brief teenage drinking and drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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