They’re less than stellar students, these four college guys
Who have an audacious plan (yes, it’s clearly unwise).
Of crazy situations
Where twelve mil of rare books are the prize.
Yes, the ridiculous premise requires disbelief suspension,
But there’s laughs re: Duncan giving over-the-top attention
To Tucker’s short, faded career.
Hawke’s clearly having fun here.
A slight, but enjoyable tale (with themes of reinvention).
A deceptively simple setup: a day’s road trip for a son and dad
(Delivering invitations). There’s piles of obligatory food to be had
(Such generous hospitality conventions).
Familial love and long-held tensions
Are beautifully drawn out. Exquisite balance of the joyous and the sad.
Christian’s going straight: A new supermarket job where he greets
(In the break room) Marion (from the magical aisle of the sweets).
New friends are connected.
Forklift driving’s perfected.
There’s gentle melancholy, black humour, and dodgy processed meats.
Marlo’s under enormous pressure. Offered help by her bro (Mr Success).
She initially declines, but will eventually acquiesce.
Though one plot development falls flat
There’s the gift of two central performances that
Shine - in this truly humane look at complex maternal stress.