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Chris Pine tries and fails to pull on our heart strings

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When his estranged father dies, luckless salesman Sam (Chris Pine) must deliver a sizeable inheritance to the son of half-sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), whom he has never met.

Sam decides to keep their relationship secret, portraying himself as a stranger until he susses things out.

From there, the movie drags us, slowly, towards that inevitable ‘epiphany’ about the fragile nature of life, love, and family that blossoms at the tail end of every generic Hollywood weeper.

Fans of Pine’s eyebrows will enjoy all the bushy furrowing, but otherwise, there are more important things to cry about.

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Ken McIntyre is a freelance writer who has spent years covering music and film. You'll find Ken in the pages of Total Film and here on GamesRadar, using his experience and expertise to dive into the history of cinema and review the latest films. You'll also find him writing features and columns for other Future Plc brands, such as Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazine.