A Long Way Down (R)
Comedy 96 July 11, 2014
All jittery bravado as a Tory politician's impulsive daughter, Poots is a lively counterpoint to Brosnan’s smug discontent. Paul's American musician has a quiet intensity, but he's been stripped of a backstory and the ability to articulate his pain. (Collette and Poots sing, but Paul doesn't perform.)
The group's surprising anchor is Maureen, the single mother of an adult son with cerebral palsy; her fierce love and stifling isolation are contained by careful routine. Collette wears that armor, and cracks it, to devastating effect. In a wintry London that's sometimes snowy and always chilly, this unlikely quartet becomes a tabloid sensation, with Maureen's guileless resilience guiding them from public joke to private happiness with an ease that Hornby eschews and feel-good movies demand.