Director: Alexander Payne. With Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates. (125 min.)
"Jack is back!" - in a touchingly maudlin and Rain Man-come-of-age kind of way. Nicholson plays a retired man who is impelled by the unexpected death of his wife to begin to review his own. His soul search intrudes upon a trip to his daughter's wedding turning the people and places of his visit into points and moments of bittersweet emotional disfunction. Nicholson's portrayal is wrenchingly delicious and truly deserving of Oscar's keen eyed recognition of excellence.