Praises the electric carelessness of teenage angst while depicting it as if it were ultimately no more exciting, though no less pleasant, than an hour in the wave pool.
Year four sees the characters preparing for some big adjustments, yet they remain as endlessly idiosyncratic and curiously heartwarming as ever.
Alexander Payne’s lovely, resonant fifth film does the hula on a lonely island of imminent death and wasted life.
Conventional wisdom suggested that adaptations of the biggest bestsellers would make up much of this year’s shortlist.
It’s both unfair and too easy to shake out predictions for this category based on what is most likely to appeal to the Kindle Fire set.
On the basis of About Schmidt, you’d think Alexander Payne (and his writing partner, Jim Taylor) had a problem dealing with grief.