If you don’t want to go into space this weekend, here’s a gentle relationships film to keep your feet firmly on the ground.
Wth a cast including Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, it’s also a well-acted alternative to a good book.
Megan (Knightley) wonders if she’s too young to settle down at the age of 28 and panics when her boyfriend proposes.
So she goes to live with her much younger new 16-year-old friend Annika (Moretz) to cool off before committing herself.
Turns out, though, that Annika’s father Craig (Rockwell) is not unattractive.
With Annika in trouble with her education, there’s even an unexpected opportunity for Megan to get in some secret practise being a mum in a challenging situation before her boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) comes back on to the scene.
Directed by actress Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) from a debut screenplay by Andrea Siegel, Say When gets to the root of what’s behind many marriage breakdowns.
And yet part of its appeal is that it’s also one of the most gentle movies of the year, explaining how relationships are always shifting over time and questioning who you are and what makes you happy.
Say When is never in need of dizzying hand-held camerawork, gun battles or collapsing cities to make an impression.
Set to turn 30 next spring, Knightley is maturing into a fine actress – perfectly at ease as an all-American girl.
Moretz also looks to be enjoying the break from blockbuster sets, while the rock-steady Rockwell has often specialised in independent movies going back to starring opposite the young Mischa Barton in Lawn Dogs (1997).