To an outsider, the Taylors are the very picture of the successful American family: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured professor on track to become university president, son Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is a prolific and well-known romance novelist, daughter Ryne (Shannon Lucio) is poised to enter a prestigious law school, and on the day we are introduced to them, matriarch Lisa (Julia Roberts) will graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children. But when a serious accident interrupts the celebration, the far more nuanced reality of this Midwestern family's history and relationships come to light.
Nominated: Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor (Ellison), 2010 Young Artist Awards
The relationships are lived-in and complex, with the same hopelessness that we find in real life. -- Mike LaSalle, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE