pretty okay coming of age film with steve carrell and toni collette. with those two you usually can’t go wrong. carrell plays a dick here so he’s stretching himself a bit. overall i don’t think he did a great job, but he was good enough. collette was good as always. nothing spectacular or new here. even decent films like this aren’t really doing it for me lately. tv is where it’s at. you either need to make a great film worthy of my time or you need to make a slightly above average tv show which wins because of quantity. it’s sorta backwards, i understand, but even a mediocre tv series will have something to hold on to, something to learn. this doesn’t seem to be the case for mediocre films these days. so much of the film is taken up by conventions like plot and conventional characters that there’s so little time for creativity. each film is a new business and it’s hard to get a business right right out of the blocks. with tv shows they have more time to work on their craft, hone the characters and writing, etc.