Zach Braff is an interesting filmmaker. It’s clear his subject matter always is intensely personal and this movie is no exception. He raised money to make this film—written with his brother—by using a Kickstarter campaign online and recruiting a few of his friends from his hit show, Scrubs. It certainly was worth the effort.

Aiden Bloom (Braff) is an out-of-work actor who relies on his wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), to support the family. When his father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he informs Aiden he can no longer afford to pay for Aiden and Sarah’s children’s education. With that, Aiden is forced to home-school Grace (Joey King) and Tucker (Pierce Gagnon), all while coming to terms with his father’s death, as well as his brother Noah’s (Josh Gad) estrangement from the family, and his own personal failures.

This is just a simple, endearing slice-of-life dramedy. The acting is outstanding and the script is beautifully written. If there is a flaw (aside from the glaring absence of the subjunctive in the title), it’s that the film slips when it attempts to be profound—it’s incredibly meaningful in its simplicity. I wish the filmmakers had trusted that more. Overall, however, it’s a heartwarming film. It’s an 8.

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