This is 2003. This is Oliver (Ewan McGregor). He is an artist whose work nobody appreciates. This is Hal (Christopher Plummer). He's a cancer-stricken widower who has come out of the closet at the age of 75. He is Oliver's father. This is 'Beginners,' Mike Mills' semi-autobiographical follow-up to 'Thumbsucker' and an artistic effort that I, for one, failed to appreciate.

See, Oliver is fine with his dad being a homosexual, even if boyfriend Andy (Goran Visnjic) doesn't believe that's the case. He's more troubled by the implication that his parents had a loveless marriage over so many years, making Oliver all the more concerned about his reluctance to commit to a relationship while in his late 30s.