As in life, there are comedic moments, but this is a drama about life and human beings and situations ruining the lives of people and how those people choose to deal with it, or cope, or try to get past the things that ruin lives. It's also about friendships and some degenerates. The main characters are all dealing with some of the most challenging of human experiences. Cannavale brings a joi de vivre with his character, Joe, that makes difficulties more bearable, but his character is dealing with a very sick father. Patricia Clarkson's character was pivotal as well with her heart on both sleeves as she navigates living with a nightmare.
It's about average good compassionate people, including a man who is below average in height but beyond average in humanity, and average heartless ignorant people. It's also a glimpse into dwarfism and how simply being born with a genetically inherited condition, that makes a person look different than the "average" majority of people, can cause beyond average challenges in a person's life.
We see children laughing at Finn, just because they are children and have never seen a person with dwarfism in person. We see an adult startled at Finn's appearance. We see people curious, overly curious, maybe some feeling sorry, but others triggered to bullying and mocking or silent disdain. Through it all we see a full-grown man, shorter than most, working and struggling his way through life, in some ways like most everyone else is, in one way or another. We also get to see that when people take a little time to get to know Finn, they find him above average in abilities, compassion, purity of being, honesty, kindness, intelligence - an attractive person in MANY ways, including dashingly handsome.
Some precious and brilliant moments brought to the screen as only Peter Dinklage can with his larger-than-life presence as a person and as an actor. Not sure why this is rated R, but it is definitely not a comedy. I saw this years ago, and thought it a brilliant and simply beautiful film. Enjoyed so much again in 2022. It's a classic!