Coming-of-age stories can be challenging. You want an interesting protagonist, a storyline viewers can relate to, and if you’re going for realism, it helps if everything feels grounded. I’m no filmmaker or professional critic- this is just based off of viewing experiences.
They may not have it all together, but together, they may have it all. Such is the tale of Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear which, like Still Alice and Silver Linings Playbook, gives us a look at mental illnesses, but this one with a bit more of a personal touch. The strength comes through it’s warm tone and likable cast that all manage to connect and make their bonds feel real and believable.