If you take a glance at the trailers for this film, you'll probably (like me), think it looks like a cute comedy about a dysfunctional family, and it is. But it's also succeeds in achieving something more...
Segel proves his capability as a comic actor, yet he plays Jeff with a sincerity that lesser actors could not manage. This is why the film is able to shift seamlessly between comedic moments, and the more profound.
The relationship between Jeff and Pat shifts believably, as they begin to understand what is important to one another, with well-written exchanges such as that at their Father's grave, and in the bath of the hotel room.
All this is played against a day in Sharon's office, as she discovers she has a secret admirer. This plot line ends with what may be one of the most romantic moments I've seen in any film recently.
It is a story about discovering what's important, about remembering who we love, and about the meaning we derive from our lives.
I just wanted to shout about how much I enjoyed it, and how much it moved me. It is a film that makes you feel glad of this life.
I challenge you not to cry...