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Leah Greenblatt
October 17, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/17/14
performer
Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin
director
William H. Macy
author
William H. Macy, Jeff Robison, Casey Twenter
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Billy Crudup stars in William H. Macy’s thoughtful directorial debut as Sam, an ad executive whose life is blown apart when he loses his only child in a school shooting. Within two years, Sam is (barely) working as a housepainter and drinking enough to float the boat he now lives on, until the discovery of a trove of songs his son wrote and recorded seems to offer him a chance to reconnect with the boy he lost and leads him to another one (Anton Yelchin) in need of a father figure. An ill-judged twist pitches the story sideways, but Crudup’s performance holds the center. His pain isn’t soggy or showy; it just feels true. B+

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