In theaters this week, the new indie road-trip comedy "Boundaries" starring Oscar-winning Christopher Plummer and nominee Vera Farmiga.
On paper, the film sounds like one of those overly schmaltzy, "On Golden Pond"-ish, dysunfunctional father-daughter bounding movies I normally hate.
But it's not.
Farmiga plays Laura, an emotionally wounded single mother who collects neurosis and stray dogs the way normal people collect stamps and baseball cards.
Captain Von Trapp - I mean, Christopher Plummer, plays her pot-smoking ne'er do well father, Jack.
When Jack gets kicked out of his nursing home, Laura agrees to drive him from Seattle to LA to live with her sister, and as they say - hilarity ensues. But in this case it really does, as the pair work out some decades old tension.
Farmiga gives a great true-to-life performance as oddball Laura, finding the perfect balance between sarcasm and sweetness in a role that in lesser hands would have just seemed strident and self-indulgent.
She goes toe-to-toe with Plummer, who reaffirms why he's one of our great living actors, delivering some of the movies best lines with a radiant comic zeal.
Sure the script is a skosh predictable, but the performances are absolute gold.
I give "Boundaries" four out of five strays.
"BOUNDARIES" ARRIVES IN THEATERS FRIDAY, JULY 6. IT'S RATED - R.