The actors were well chosen. The family drama felt real and their inability to see how much they hurt each other was painful. The young girl's, ability to bring people into her life was moving. She was a ticking character, well played by the actress.
Loved the movie. Sweet acting. interesting storyline. Filming bad...too shaky in many area. I would see again.
Mixed or average reviews based on 32 Critics
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Universal acclaim based on 16 Reviews
Apr 5, 2017
Despite its recycled tropes, the comedy-drama manages to be both funny and moving even if its emotional manipulations are fully apparent.
A heartfelt performance from Chris Evans as the conscientious caretaker of his brilliant niece isn’t ample compensation for a film lacking the same intelligence and inquisitiveness that its young protagonist possesses in abundance.
Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.