A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 7.2/10 (15,539 voted)
Critic's Score: 63/100
Stars: Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, Alison Lohman
Grief, recovery, and human contact. Brian is a great guy – a sweet father, a good husband, and a loyal friend to his boyhood pal Jerry who's a junkie. When tragedy strikes, Jerry tries to help Brian's wife and children cope, and Audrey, Brian's widow, tries to help Jerry kick the habit. Loss and addiction are stubborn. The story starts on the day of the funeral, with Brian appearing in flashbacks. A neighbor's divorce, a dinner party that includes a young woman from the Narcotics Anonymous group Jerry attends, and thinking back to a fire in Brian and Audrey's garage give the story texture.
Benicio Del Toro
John Carroll Lynch
Omar Benson Miller
Grandma Ginnie Burke
(as VJ Foster)
(as Carolyn Field)
Hope comes with letting go.
Release Date: 19 October 2007
Filming Locations: Kitsilano, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $1,561,949
(21 October 2007)
Did You Know?
Release prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Water".
What you did today broke my heart.
What did I do?
You got Dory to put his head under the water.
Oh, that was just a cute trick…
He's six. Harper put hers under when she was only three. It was something that Brian tried and tried to get Dory to do, but he couldn't. And that victory today of getting Dory's head to go under was not supposed to be YOURS. It wasn't meant for you to have that moment. And for me, watching you was like this, this…
Great Story, Great Acting and Directing!!
Saw this last evening at a preview screening here in Arizona and it was
a LOT heavier than the trailer leads you to believe, which, I for one,
was grateful for! Granted, this is only MY opinion, but I think that
Halle does some of her best work in a long time here and for me, ranks
up there with Monster's Ball and Losing Isaiah. Of course, Benecio is a
great pleasure to watch as always, playing the demonized friend of
David Duchovny, but I think Halle rises just a notch up everything here
and truly shines! The supporting cast is also really enjoyable to
watch, especially John Carroll Lynch playing a next door neighbor who
finds an unlikely friend in Benecio's character. Great camera work and
great direction all the way around and although the film is a bit long,
I am glad the director had the wisdom not to rush through the story.
Great film and I cannot wait to purchase it on DVD!