Friday, March 18, 2016

The Confirmation Movie Review

Clive Owen stars in The Confirmation

Let's Go Find Those Tools

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: A down-on-his-luck carpenter (Clive Owen) is forced to take care of his estranged eight-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher) while his ex-wife (Maria Bello) and her new husband (Matthew Modine) attend a religious retreat. When his toolbox is stolen, the two set off on an adventure to find the thieves responsible, and end up bonding in the process. Patton Oswalt co-stars. Written and directed by Bob Nelson.

"(A) boy can't go that long without a falsehood." Anthony (Lieberher) plays the boy in question, who survives a plethora of poor advice in The Confirmation. Lucky for us, Nelson's directorial debut is also filled with good intentions, although the clich├ęs (alcoholism, eviction, perpetual bad luck) weigh heavy throughout. Owen's terrific as a deadbeat dad with a chivalrous side... and Lieberher (St. Vincent, Midnight Special) shines again as a soft-spoken kid in search of his own identity (religious and otherwise.) It probably won't garner much, in terms of commercial success; but the life lessons learned along the way are priceless.

Grade: B