I've liked Cameron Crowe's past movies, so even though the critics didn't like it much, I decided to check it out. Not great, not bad. The problem is that it's about too many different things: a family story, a love story, a dealing-with-failure story. And it winds up being about an hour too long. And there's a lot of yakking, mainly by Kirsten Dunst's character, saying things meant to be deep. But movies can really only stand so many deep thoughts uttered in conversation. After awhile, it begins to dawn on viewers that they're watching a clever scriptwriter, not a movie.
That said, it's still kind of fun. Because the script is pretty clever, and the supporting characters are quirky and interesting. Nice to see Loudon Wainwright III again, always liked that "Dead Skunk" song.