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A substantial performance from Clive Owen rescues what might otherwise have been a fairly gooey fatherhood drama. He plays an Australian sportswriter who loses his gloriously perfect wife to cancer and proceeds to raise his rambunctious preschool son according to the philosophy “just say yes.” Their life together is an endless bacchanal of junk food, unwashed dishes, and water balloons in the house, but when a teenage son from a previous marriage arrives for a visit, exposing the wreckage the father left behind him in the UK, his permissive outlook begins to seem more self-indulgent than enlightened. After playing around with this idea, director Scott Hicks (Shine) backs away from it, saying yes to a warm, fuzzy ending. The script was adapted from a memoir by Simon Carr; Laura Fraser and Emma Booth costar. PG-13, 104 min.
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Director: Scott Hicks
Writer: Simon Carr and Allan Cubitt
Producer: Timothy White and Greg Brenman
Cast: Clive Owen, Laura Fraser, George MacKay, Tommy Bastow, Emma Booth, Emma Lung, Natasha Little, Erik Thomson, Adam Morgan and Nicholas McAnulty

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