Sam Rockwell continues to dazzle in the lead role as Victor Mancini, a sex addict who checks into rehabilitation, only to hook up with other addicts and have a go at the store rooms. Based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, better known as the writer of Fight Club, don't come to expect the same level of satirical intelligence as the contemporary classic directed by David Fincher. Anjelica Houston stars as Victor's mom Ida, and she shares excellent chemistry with both Rockwell, and child actor Jonah Bobo, who plays the younger Victor.
Though there are flashes of brilliance in its humour, the scenes sometimes don't gel with one another, and some you can sense are artificially or forcefully included just to lighten up the mood, or to pick up speed, since the middle portion sags severely from a crawling pace. But at its core, this is one very touching tale of a mother-son relationship, and of the son's unwavering filial piety to ensure only the best available form of treatment for his ailing mother, regardless of cost to his own well being. Expect some surprises, red herrings, twist and turns to pepper the finale of the film.
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