When writer-director Mike Mills isn’t flashing oodles of perky technique and “stylish” doodads (drawings, meet-cutes, old news clips, vintage music), his talented cast inserts human value and charm into this tale of a nice, lonely guy (Ewan McGregor) who lost his suddenly gay, then dead dad (Christopher Plummer) and finds love with a free-minded beauty (Mélanie Laurent). Facile but enjoyable, glib but not grating, the movie includes Plummer’s Jack Russell terrier Arthur, perhaps the friskiest movie pooch since Bogart’s Pard in High Sierra, or at least Richard Dreyfuss’s Matisse in Down and Out in Beverly Hills. 2011. (2011) — David Elliott
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