Most helpful critical review
on December 20, 2013
It's with mixed feelings that I review this movie. The storyline was well done, keeping us in the present lives of 12 family members while showing flashbacks of the past. The acting was quite good. It was the story itself that I found difficult to watch. I suppose it's to be expected that most families have relationships that could be improved upon. However, the extent that Adam Thornton went to in order to preserve his pride stretched my ability to believe this could be true to life. It seemed rather extreme to me. He threw away a good marriage and most of the relationships that he had with his adult children because of his stubbornness. He was unwilling to look at himself, apologize and admit that he needed to change.
There was a good conclusion, but the wasted years still brought a sense of sadness, both to the family members and to us, the viewers of this movie. The good that can possibly come out of this story is that we who have witnessed the breakdown in relationships can more readily decide for ourselves --- are pride and stubbornness worth the loss of relationship with the people we love the most? There is some mild language. No sex or violence.