A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. This unexpected friendship is saved from schmaltz by excellent performances from its all-star cast, which includes Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd.

The film deservedly received a People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival – an entertaining and thoughtful comedy.