|Nephew Patrick and Uncle Eddie squabble in Manchester by the Sea © 2016 Amazon Studios|
The movie is good and it has lots of witty examples of adult/teenager banter. I can see why it won an award at the Oscars for its writing.
For example, the conversations between Patrick, a teenager who just lost his father, and his Uncle Eddie (Casey Affleck) are well-written and funny. A recurring string of dialogue is the nephew's hilarious pointed questions that undermine his Uncle's crotchety humanism - and poke fun at his complete lack of social aplomb.
The movie's tone is actually serious and moving - and all those monikers I can think of that characterize a serious, moving family drama - but it's a hilarious movie. Even though it is about a man who is wracked with guilt over the accidental death of his three children and who is now faced with the prospect of raising his teenaged nephew.
At one point a stranger overhears the two arguing. He says something critical - like, "Good parenting," and Uncle Eddie - as he does throughout this movie when he perceives a slight to his character - goes ballistic and Patrick tries to defuse the situation and then, hilariously, whips around and says "Uncle Eddie, are you fundamentally unsound?" and, later, "Are you brain damaged?"
Here is another funny exchange - but this time it is Uncle Eddie. He tells Patrick that "if you're going to freak out every time that you see a frozen chicken I think we should go to the hospital."