I think this movie could have easily turned out to be like every bad TV movie you've seen on CBS but this one is handled very well and it works in unexpected ways. First of all, its stars the hottie Chris Pine as a guy down on his luck. He finds out one day that he's in terrible amounts of debt when his father dies. His dad leaves him a large sum of money which he thinks will solve his problems . . . but it's meant for a young woman he's never met who turns out to be his half sister he never knew about. How they forge their relationship and save each other is what the movie is really about.
Chris Pine is great in the movie, as is Elizabeth Banks who plays his half sister. But I think the movie really belongs to the touching performance by Michelle Pfeiffer who plays the mother. She's a lost soul who wants to save her son from himself, but she has a hard time letting him save himself. It's a very touching performance and one which I wish Hollywood would let older actresses play more often. It's supposed to be based on the real life of the writer who wrote the script, but I am sure some of it is fictionalized. A sweet and heartfelt movie that should make you grateful for the family and loved ones you have.