Eccentric children's writer Ted Cole (Bridges) and his wife Marion (Basinger) have been ripped apart by the deaths of their two sons. When aspiring author Eddie O'Hare (Foster) is employed as Ted's assistant one summer, he becomes their reluctant go-between.
If you're in the mood, though, this better-than-the-book adaptation casts quite a spell.
Reviewed by Dorian Lynskey
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