Could their house be any more beige? Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play Becca and Howie, struggling to articulate the loss of their young son (in a car accident) both to one another and to the grim echo-chamber of group therapy.
Adapted from his play by David Lindsay-Abaire, it allows the stars much actorly brow-shielding and angsty nose-pinching to suggest that I-Don't-Want-To-Hear-This-Right-Now mood, and most of the time one feels the same way. Kidman has a few good scenes with the teenager (Miles Teller, brilliant) responsible for the fatal accident, though you still notice how little expression she gets into her face since the Botox-overload. If you must watch the portrait of a marriage strained to breaking-point, try the recent Blue Valentine, where you at least feel sorry for the unhappy couple that once cherished and loved each other.