September 3, 2012
You know with Disney at the helm it's going to pull all the right strings. Frankly, the only thing wrong with this movie were the archetype supporting characters: the distant, macho grandfather, the clueless teacher, the driven, type-A, rigid aunt. The entire movie is really about Jim and Cindy Green's neurotic habit/need to judge themselves by triangulating against others in their lives. Isn't having a child just one more way to measure up?
But the fable is very satisfying and CJ Adams is charming and so cute you could get a cavity in the time it takes to watch this movie. Jennifer Garner is always worth watching and Joel Edgerton was understated without vanishing into the scenery behind his onscreen wife, adorable kid and - is there any character actor more reliably good? - odd uncle Bub, played by M. Emmet Walsh. Ron Livingston phones in his role as the bad guy, making me wonder if he really just needed to make a payment on the Malibu house.
Worth seeing - theater or DVD.
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