The heat of unexpected passion scorches two lost souls in Jason Reitman’s handsome adaptation of the novel by Joyce Maynard.
Told through the eyes of 13-year-old Henry (Gattlin Griffith) coping with his depressed and reclusive mother Adele (Kate Winslet) who is haunted by her failed marriage and childbirth tragedies.
On a rare shopping expedition they encounter a bloodied stranger called Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) and under duress take him to their home and tend to his wounds. That night, a television news report reveals he is an escaped prisoner serving 18 years for the murder of his girlfriend. “It didn’t happen that way,” growls Frank.
The fugitive lays low and adopts the role of surrogate father, teaching Henry how to pitch a baseball and lavishing Adele with tenderness. But can it last?