When Connecticut professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) goes to stay in his long-empty New York apartment, he is surprised to find a young couple living in it. It seems Tarek and Zainab believed they were subletting the apartment when in fact, they were being scammed. Walter takes pity on them and lets them stay on for a while and slowly the three become friends. Then Tarek is detained by Immigration and a crisis ensues.
This drama centers around Walter who is newly-widowed, very depressed, and socially isolated. Jenkins captures his hopelessness well, but Walter is basically a very boring character. Jenkins was nominated for Best Actor, but I thought he showed no range of emotion at all. I didn't like Walter or care about him, nor did I have any empathy for the young couple in his apartment. All of the dialogue is delivered with unremitting melancholy and in such monotonous tones that I spent most of my time watching the clock, which never seemed to move.
The movie is tiresome and preachy and, worst of all, dull. Not recommended.