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When teenage son Jacob is being accused of murdering his girlfriend, the well-respected and close-knit Ryan family is in turmoil. Jacob flees, father Ben destroys possible evidence, the village community turns hostile and mother Carolyn is forced to temporarily close her doctor's practice. Then Jacob gets arrested and soon finds himself and his family entangled in a web of truth, trust and lies, all on his way to court.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 6
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 4.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Despite Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson and the usually estimable Edward Furlong, this nonevent huffs and puffs to attain even the level of an ordinary motion picture.
Not too bad...
This movie was interesting, but I think the story was a little weak. The message it was trying to convey was worthy of a film, but it wasn't quite done well enough to make this a major success. Edward Furlong, who plays the troubled teen accused of murder, didn't seem very "into" his role. Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep, who play the mother and father, were fantastic, espcially with such a weak script. If nothing else, I recommend it for those two performances. If you can overlook the low grade acting by the younger cast and the inability to get the point across powerfully, it isn't too bad.
A touching and honest portrayl
In the end it's about loving damaged goods - ouselves and others. This film demonstrates the unhappiness that comes from well-intentioned dishonesty and failure to trust our instincts. But it also shows us that if we accept our mistakes we can go on. Meryl and Liam were of course excellent. But, I was particularly taken with Edward Furlough who showed real development in a 16 year-old boy. Not easy to do. Beautiful direction and camera work.
Streep, Neeson, & Molina make this worth the watch
The performances by the 3 adults are wonderful. Especially Liam Neeson. Edward Furlong however is horribly miscast and is really very bad in this, and it really prevents the last act from working. Even worse is the actress that plays his little sister. Story is engrossing and moves along briskly, but really falls apart in the last 30 minutes or so, and becomes a little melodramatic including some horribly delivered voice over.