everybody's a critic as they say (looking at you, one-star people). So no - this movie is not dark and edgy. It's just very human and, to me, well written, staged, acted, and directed. Lots of street cred, not that I would know, particularly. But I too had a cold mother and was the black sheep so they had me at turkey freakout and black boyfriend.
The whole cast, featuring some of my favorites--Holmes, Clarkson and Platt--was great. (What do people want??) I also enjoyed the new to me actors. Derek Luke as the boyfriend was charming and John Gallagher the brother was hilarious. And on and on.
So-- thank you, Peter Hedges. This was just the anti-depressant I needed.