Director: Matthew Warchus
Writer: Matthew Warchus and David Nicholls
Producers: J-F Fonlupt, D. Lupovitz, T. Oberwelland
Jeff Bridges as Carter
Nick Nolte as Vinnie
Catherine Keener as Cecilia
Sharon Stone as Rosie
But why waste a perfectly well-established blackmailing background when you are just going to beat around its bush for an hour and a half, offer very little intrigue or suspense, and end it all off on a shoulder-shrugging whimper? What a bust. It’s too bad because I was actually interested in this movie for most of its length, with a definite kudo in the way of the flashback sequences which helped establish the back-story as the film progressed. Albert Finney was also a standout as the old man with a sorted past, as well as Keener who spiced up her cute, innocent role with some of her usual flair. Of course, Bridges and Nolte respectively stamped in their proverbial roles as the upper-class dude with great blow-dried hair and the two-bit boozehound with a messed up doo. And Stone, aaah Sharon Stone, what can we say? Can anyone say “over-acting” or a cheap imitation of the classic Jessica Lange drunk? Luckily for her, she’s barely in this film, but I think it’s time for her agent to start handing her more of the “sexier” scripts, since her foray into the world of character flicks, seems to falling flat. All in all, this film does have a decent premise and solid acting for the most part, but doesn’t fill in enough holes, offer enough real suspense or give us enough insight into the motivations of its characters to warrant a recommendation from my end.