Kat’s vices aside (and entirely unknown to her partner), Trish is the most responsible parent figure in the whole film.When she first takes her niece in, she assures her young charge that she can stay as long as she likes, so long as she leaves with a high school diploma, and she plays mediator when mom and dad try to collect their daughter.
Our heroine’s only response to seeing her aunt kiss Kat is “Wow, Aunt Trish” and an accepting smile.
Trish smiles back, with a glib “We’re a couple of black sheep, you and me!
Gone is the “whoa” persona from his action hero days, as he imbues Chris with a tiredness and a genuine sense of thoughtfulness.
Exactly the opposite is Alan Arkin as Herb, who is essentially a man who cannot come to terms with his own aging and death. Herb isn’t exactly a stand-up fellow, nor is he quite a villain.
He talks to Pippa more honestly than anyone else in her life does and they form an odd friendship after she accidentally sleepwalks into his store late one night.
Reeves puts in one of the best performances in his career.” Her aunt provided a “haven” for the teenage Pippa, who seemed to have had something of a fascination — perhaps even a mild crush — on Kat.This leads to a charged relationship between the two, culminating in some rather risqué photo shoots.Her uninhibited 20s and first meetings with Herb begin to inform their current relationship, which has its rocky moments indeed.Those moments come to a head when we find out about one particularly shocking detail from the past — and a few unsavory goings-on in the present.In those brief moments, Pippa plays the naughty schoolgirl and the devious dominatrix with equal relish, and it feels much like her early days, when her mother would truss her up like old movie stars and take her picture.