At last, a realistic movie. People are normal, they're not continuously hysterical, they don't live in slums or first class houses... The detective played by Nick– I didn't catch his name, I think it's McGuire but I'm not quite sure —doesn't walk with his gun in hand, he doesn't romantically fall for the leading lady or think only with his dick, he's just doing his job and respects the rules...
In Seattle, Josephine (Amanda Tapping) is raisng her daughter Martha (Katie Boland) alone. Martha is mentally ill, but I don't know which syndrome she has. It looks like autism yet she's able to communicate, though she suffers a lot of obsessive behaviours. She's a musician too, she literally "sees" the music, and she's a kind of a genius with numbers. Josephine and her cousin/friend Nicole (Brooke Burns) hold a bookstore. One day, on the road, Josephine and Martha find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and a crazy villain shoots Josephine after killing a grocer he just robbed with his girlfriend. Martha's father has a new life (wife, children) and doesn't want to hear of the girl who's sent to an institution. Nicole takes her to her mother's funeral and soon decides to keep her at home to take care of her, despite her boyfriend Larry's doubts. Unfortunately, Jake (the villain) wants to find back Martha to get rid of her as he sees her as a potential threat, for she could recognize him. No more spoilers, but as I said above, it's a realistic movie, meaning when your average guy tries to stop an armed rogue villain with naked hands, there's no miracle.
Nick's part if short (but longer than we thought, bis) is interesting as he succeeds in making his character evolve. He starts like a cop working by the book, uneasy and taken aback at first by Martha, but eventually accepting by compassion, not quite to bend the rules, but to help Nicole as much as he can for Martha's good.
The movie's been directed by Ann Wheeler, who made "The Investigation", another honest and realistic movie. I want to especially mention Katie Boland who gives an exceptional impersonation of Martha, a very difficult role. Brooke Burns plays with a lot of self-restraint when many actresses would have done drama queens. She's a good match to Nick.
I think you could place this movie between "Moving Malcolm" and "The Investigation".
Playing games? How many cops did Nick play? How many times did he run in a forest?
And on the funny side, I saw that on a table...