Dir Alexander Payne, US, 2023, 133 mins
Paul Giamatti, Tate Donovan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph
A curmudgeonly teacher, a rebellious student and a recently bereaved school cook are stranded together on a prep school campus over the Christmas break. Beautifully bittersweet, this 1970s-set good-natured comedy drama is a deeply satisfying tour-de-force.
Blends feel-good and sorrowful themes thoughtfully CHICAGO READER