Heartfelt film about a family faced with leukemia is well intentioned, but result is a misfire. Shorn of rough language — which in some scenes seems to be challenging the 1983 “Scarface” for most use of the “f-word” — this might find a home on the small screen. Theatrical prospects are dim.
Genesis of pic is screenwriter Will Schaub’s successful battle with cancer, and Schaub himself plays Cal, a competitive sailor who is faced with missing the Olympics when his brother (Darin Cooper) needs a bone marrow transplant. Cal rushes home to see if he is a match.
The film’s problems are many, beginning with the fact that, except for Cooper’s sweet-natured Max, most of the characters are self-absorbed whiners unable or unwilling to listen to anyone else. Schaub struts around as if overdosing on testosterone, sporting a bottle-blond dye job for part of the film.
Pic also sets up strange conflict in that Cal is forced to decide between competing in the Olympics and helping his brother. There is little sense of the time frame, and viewers are likely to wonder why he can’t do both. Pic further cheats by setting America’s Cup race as his supreme goal and making the Olympics the necessary qualifier.
Lisa Satriano’s direction is occasionally heavy-handed, especially in an extended p.o.v. scene through the eyes of the dying brother. Preliminaries, with film’s editor, David Oliver, as Cal’s sailing partner, go on far too long, so that the shift in action seems as if pic is starting all over again.
Tech credits are adequate, but source music comes close to drowning out dialogue in party scenes.