Watchable (Fair) – How could a film restrain itself from eliciting powerful emotions especially from a story where a couple’s daughter had just been taken from them? Well, the way to disconnect the film’s characters from the viewers is to start the film in the middle and then slowly peel back the layers in explaining what the viewer is actually watching. And that’s where the problem lies. The film has a great story somewhere buried in there. Hoffman and Sarandon play the parents – it’s their top-notch performances that keep this film afloat. I found that the focus of this film was on the wrong person (i.e. the Jake Gyllenhaal character). This film should’ve focused solely on the parents for they had much more to lose than Jake’s character ever would. There are some key revelations from the three main characters which I won’t spoil for you but they are real and true – especially with respect to the parents. Unfortunately, you as the viewer would have to wade through a lot of nothing to get to it. In comparison to this review, Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars – you be the judge.

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