**½

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There’s some odd choices and missed opportunities with the start of Julianne Moore and Annette Benning’s characters.  Mark Ruffalo is great, but this movie just aims for awkward.  A little light on the laughs and high on the awkward.  On balance, I wish that the relationships didn’t feel so fake.  Not all of them feel that way:  the kids with Ruffalo feel authentic, the kids together, and I’m sure there’s other moments that feel good.  I wish that the problems felt more authentic and less forced.

I don’t know where my desire to express my dislike for the failings of this movie comes from, but if crying made a movie good, then this would be the Jaws of movies.  Something went awry, probably because of the  director–Lisa Cholodenko.  I hope that if she makes another film that she does a better job with it.

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