The sidebar storylines involving the dissolving marriage of Steve Carell and Julianne Moore as well a 13-year-old teenager and his babysitter are less satisfying. Ultimately they add to the film more than they detract, but that's more a praise of Dan Fogelman's screenplay, which makes it all come together somewhat nicely. Still, Steve Carell is doing Steve Carell and that wonderful Little Miss Sunshine performance is looking further and further away. Julianne Moore on the other hand is given so little to do, I can just be thankful she never decided to become the shrill shrew her characters constantly threatens to become. The rest of the cast are fine, if largely uninspiring, although Liza Lapira is funny in the role seemingly vacated by Judy Greer.
|Even more grace.|