Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2004. Universal Pictures, Depth of Field. Screenplay by Paul Weitz. Cinematography by Produced by Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz. Music by Stephen Trask. Production Design by William Arnold. Costume Design by Molly Maginnis. Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein. National Board of Review Awards 2004.
Fifty year-oldhas his life go in the soup when his sports magazine is taken over by a giant corporation and a new management team is moved into his office. Now a twenty-six year-old eager beaver ( ) who thinks he’s got it all under control is the head of Ad Sales and Quaid has been demoted to being his “wing man”. Meanwhile, Quaid’s wife ( ) has announced that she’s pregnant and his daughter ( ) wants to go to the very expensive NYU. Things get even more complicated when Quaid realizes that Grace is lost as a person and needs him more as a father figure than as a subordinate employee, and then it all gets screwed up by Grace falling in love with Johansson and romancing her behind her dad’s back. Writer-director Paul Weitz has created an enjoyable comedy-drama about characters whose love for each other is real and whose desire to better their lives is genuine, but his plotting is far from compelling and you wonder throughout most of the movie just what it’s supposed to be about. Performances are exceptional, especially a more than sympathetic Quaid, but the conflict between these characters should have been more exciting.