Iris The Goo Goo Dolls
Release date: 20 May 2011
Running time: 106 mins
Director: Thomas McCarthy
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Alex Shaffer, Melanie Lynskey
As an actor, Thomas McCarthy has appeared in a host of big-budget movies, from '2012' to 'Little Fockers'. As a director, he has a reputation for small-scale, character-driven comedies that pack an emotional punch.
After 'The Station Agent' (2003) and 'The Visitor' (2007) comes this tale of New Jersey lawyer Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), whose business is on the verge of collapse while the school wrestling team he coaches has hit a losing streak.
Mike hides his financial anxieties from wife Jackie (Amy Adams), but an opportunity presents itself when he gets the chance to become the legal guardian of Leo (Burt Young), an elderly client with early-stage dementia.
Things are complicated by the arrival of Leo's ace wrestler grandson Kyle (Alex Shaffer) and Kyle's mother Cindy (Melanie Lynskey), who's bent on grabbing a chunk of Leo's loot.
Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy
You should see it because: It's a beautifully observed comedy with an affecting performance from the great Paul Giamatti.
See it if you liked: Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Sideways (2004), The Visitor (2007).