Great family choice for all teens+ to discuss meaning and morales behind the film.
Outstanding drama-comedy about an extremely relatable lower-middle class dysfunctional family, showcasing the effect's each characters struggles' has on the family dynamic. The solid satisfying story includes uniquely produced yet relatable family dynamic humor. Starring, Steve Carell as Frank, uncle/brother; Toni Collette as Sheryl, mom/sister; Greg Kinnear as Richard, dad/brother-in-law; Paul Dano as teen-son Dwayne; Abigail Breslin as Olive, school-aged daughter; and Alan Arkin as Edwin, grandpa/Richard's dad. The main plot centers around the road trip adventure - in a broken down van - the family goes on, heading to a children beauty pageant for Olive. The individual struggles include; Frank's recent suicide-attempt sparked from a lost love and adjusting to being in his sister's family's care; Sheryl's efforts in maintaining a positive family cohort and marriage; Richard's struggling motivational business and strained relationships with family-members; Dwayne's strained relationship with family member's and unforeseen setback regarding his passion; Olive being approached with more mature life topics and this affecting her self-confidence; and Edwin's drug use and clashing with his son about his looser lifestyle vs Richard's uptight. The climax of the story is when a family-member dies, which ultimately brings the family closer and helps them with their personal struggles. Great movie to watch with teens to discuss real life topics and a familys dynamic adventure. The things to look out for include; referenced -but not seen- suicide attempt and self physical harm, moderate drug usage-but with reprucusions, strong language-mainly a scene where the grandpa repetitively tells Dwayne he should f--- a lot of girls while he is young. This and the cover of porn magazines being shown are the extent of any sexual talk. Also, Richard picks on Frank about his sexuality without Richards comments ever being addressed.