Director: Mike Mills. Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann, Alia Shawkat. 119 min. Rated R. Drama/Comedy.
The 70's ... and how that greatest of all American decades ended, heralding some ominous days to come. Bening, a washed-out fifty-something year old born in the Great Depression, who thinks she's seen it all and knows it all, has a teenage son, runs a rental house, and is chain-smoking her way to cancer. All other characters and subplots of this plot-less film aside, I felt sorry for the great actress, who as a four-time Oscar nominee, incorporates part of her own reality here, making one last (failed) effort at nabbing the award. Maybe look forward to an Honorary Oscar.