Director: Dan Fogelman. Cast: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer. 106 min. Rated R. Comedy/Drama.
Based on a true story and to the tune of John Lennon's best songs, an old rock star learns 40 years late that Lennon had written him a letter. For unknown reasons, this puts him on a track to re-evaluate his life, and seek a son and family that pull every melodramatic trick in the books on him: sick beautiful grand-daughter, sick son that keeps looking better as he approaches death, à la Love Story. With some good screenplay moments (Pacino's chemistry with Bening, on-your-toes ending scene dialogue), at least you're glad Pacino is faring better than his partner-in-crime, DeNiro.