The literary roots of married screenwriters Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida show as the pit-stops begin to resemble short stories, complete with lit-fiction tropes: miscarriages, fraught marriages and all manner of parental absences. Occasionally, the glimpsed supporting characters take hard, broad turns: Maggie Gyllenhaal doubtless has the condescending new-agey ultra-liberal figured out down to the ground, but her gestures, funny as they are, never gain dimension, as if Eggers and Vida are just working through some residual dinner-party irritation. The cast is packed with wonderful indie-ish actors, but it's Rudolph, best known for wild caricatures and funny voices on Saturday Night Live, who keeps the movie grounded, putting a face of quiet worry on all this earnest searching. Her hesitation is this affecting movie's warm, tentative soul.
Opens June 5