The two brothers seem like almost painfully standard cardboard cutouts at first, but as the story progresses, they evolve into much richer individuals. Same goes for Pfeiffer; she enters the screen in a rather cliché manner (albeit fun), and then transforms the part into something more. Come to think of it, the whole movie fits this mold. Just when you think the picture is rooting its foot firmly into familiarity, the actors and script alleviate the production into something much more unique and worthwhile. They take what might've been just another stock drama with a muddled love interest into an interesting picture about the choices we make and the paths we follow.
Even though the film hits a rut about two-thirds of the way through (damn love interest!), it ends on a solid note. I especially loved the fight between the two brother musicians, which thanks to the family dynamic of the actors being actual brothers, feels very harsh and honest. But don't go thinking the movie's all drama and romance; it's also got plenty of laughs to boot.