A 7-year-old math prodigy (McKenna Grace) gets caught up
in a custody battle between the easy-going uncle (Chris Evans) by whom she has
been raised since her mother committed suicide during her infancy and her
hard-driving grandmother (Lindsay Duncan). At issue is the degree to which she
should forsake a normal life to concentrate on her studies. Director Marc
Webb's endearing and well-acted drama, which also features Jenny Slate as the
girl's caring teacher, is briefly marred by the young heroine's exposure to the
aftermath of a bedroom encounter and her use of a vulgar expression. Though
fleeting, these elements of Tom Flynn's script, together with some other adult
fare, make what might have been a family-friendly movie into one exclusively
suitable for grownups and perhaps older teens.
Watch out for: Nongraphic
premarital sexual activity, mature references, including a suicide theme, a
single rough term, a couple of uses each of crude and crass language.
Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: