Becca Corbett (played by Nicole Kidman) and her husband Howie (by Aaron Eckhard) are happily married with a settled and affluent lifestyle. Becca was a career executive who became a stay-at-home mum to care for their young son, Danny. However, their idyllic life is shattered and changed forever when Danny is killed in a car accident. Becca tries to pick up the pieces and carry on with her life in the familiarity of family and friends but she has real difficulty in the adjustment. She finds solace in a fixation with a person she recently met – Jason (by Miles Teller) – he is a troubled young comic-book artist and also the man who was driving the car that killed Danny. Becca finds that her focus on him pulls her away from her memories of Danny. At the same time, in his grief Howie is still immersed in the past and he finds refuge with supportive outsiders who offer him what Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts – disconnected, drifting and directionless – make significant life choices that determine their fate.
This is an adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The performances are moving and the drama is honest. It provides a view of two people who don’t know how to become normal again after experiencing such trauma.