...but how could it be? I guess the only major concession the filmmakers made was downplaying Wilson's stalking tendencies.
Woody Harrelson plays a lonely man who discovers he has a teenage daughter and decides to track her down - of course he crosses the line (a misunderstanding: his understanding of human interaction is that of a Martian.)
Woody Harrelson plays an eccentric loner with a habit of being hilariously blunt. That alone is enough to sell this film to fans of quirky indies - this film is superior to most of 'em. Based on screenwriter Daniel Clowes’s (Ghost World, Art School Confidential) graphic novel of the same name, director Craig Johnson’s (The Skeleton Twins) film sees Wilson (Harrelson) tracking down his ex wife Pippi (Laura Dern, great as usual) and discovering that he’s the father of a child who’s been adopted by a wealthy couple. Naturally, the child is not an angelic kid but an overweight teen goth (Isabelle Amara) whom the pair begin to stalk. Sort of.
The film’s bouts of slapstick and sentiment are sometimes at odds with the downbeat tone, but if Wilson isn’t entirely consistent as a character, Harrelson is consistently funny – and if anyone can make a sociable misanthrope believable, he can. Dern is as emotive as ever as the troubled former drug addict who’s a plausible match for Wilson. Even those with the mildest of misanthropic tendencies will find yourself enjoying Wilson’s company.