Things We Lost in the Fire, (15)
Friday 01 February 2008
This is the other way Hollywood goes with bereavement, a three-hanky sobfest that makes a song and dance about personal growth and "letting go". Halle Berry, at her most tremulous, faces losing her hubby (David Duchovny) by turning to his best friend from childhood (Benicio Del Toro), a recovering addict.
Allan Loeb's script goes for the touchy-feely approach to consolation, settling on the motto "Accept the good" for Halle and Benicio's one-day-at-a-time crawl back to serenity. The tastefulness of it all is mightily annoying; what helps us over the bumps are the supporting turns by Alison Lohman and John Carroll Lynch.
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