TAGS:

Clive Owen is terrifically good as a hangdog, browbeaten dad in this winning comedy drama.

Taking care of his estranged eight-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher) for the weekend, Owen’s unemployed Seattle carpenter drags him along on his desperate search to retrieve a stolen toolbox.

As they criss-cross the neighbourhood, finding help and hindrance from a variety of oddball characters, they slowly reconnect.

Written and directed by Bob Nelson, this movie grows on the viewer in a low-key and gentle way – as does its woebegone protagonist. At first, you’ll probably write off Owen’s character as a feckless deadbeat but, as the story unfolds, come to appreciate his weather-beaten decency.