Paul's presence proves unsettling and soon tiny details - Nic's enthusiastic wine consumption and Jules' reliance on Nic's financial support - are seized upon as weapons.
Lisa Cholodenko's comedy/drama benefits from excellent performances. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore have great chemistry and it's a joy to see them explore their characters' confusion at their sudden shifting emotions.
Fine performances too from Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson as the teens starting to rebel against their loving but careful upbringing.
Shelf or charity shop? Happy to have seen it, will let someone else enjoy it too...