If you check Mr Church at Rotten Tomatoes you'll notice something truly unusual. 26 professional critics gave it low marks, but almost 100 times that number of actual viewers like you and me gave it overwhelmingly positive reviews. What does that tell you? If you're a film critic, you tried too hard to interpret a sensational / intellectual / academic / societal story of race in this simple tale of friendship. But if, like me, you're a movie lover who appreciates a story that unfolds at the pace of a good book, then you'll really appreciate this beautiful, personal story, set in the sepia-toned 70's about a very special and unlikely friendship. Eddie took a huge risk returning to the big screen in a role that lets him flex his subtlety and on-screen presence in a way we've never seen before. (I strongly suspect this is the beginning of a dramatic (literally) re-entry into the industry for him). And Britt Robertson is tremendously mature and has great presence in this delicate role. Bathed in gorgeous cinematography and paired with a perfectly matched period jazz soundtrack, this story of family, loss, love and friendship is beautiful, rich, gentle, and moving. So ignore the dime-a-dozen online movie critics who cynically injected the 'magical negro' controversy into a story that was written from a place of love and respect, based on a true-to-life story, and never intended to symbolize or solve the wrenching issues of race that persist today. Stop thinking so much ... relax and enjoy!