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Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer | R |


Run now if you despise cute, because Beginners wades in the stuff. It’s also quite sad. The film toggles between the past, when Hal (Plummer, above left) reveals that he’s gay-and that he’s dying-to his son Oliver (McGregor), and the present, when Oliver meets quirky Anna (Melanie Laurent). The only one truly invested in Oliver’s new love is his dad’s dog, whose thoughts are subtitled. (“Are we married yet?” he wonders.) But Plummer and McGregor are beautifully bittersweet as father and son, one finally living, the other still figuring out what that means.