That’s when he meets Emily (Zoe Kazan), an American grad student with whom he’s instantly smitten.
During this sequence and throughout the movie, the comic elements of this particular space opera feel as if they have been ratcheted up.
But though he doesn’t seem to want the audience to have too much time between laughs, Gunn also seems determined to match the increased comic volume with more heart.
Gordon, this indie rom-com has a mildly risky structure and some trenchant observations about the culture clashes that go on in immigrant families living in America.
But what cuts deepest is just how profoundly lovable these people are.
All of this Hawkins has to mimic in Aisling Walsh’s biopic, Maudie, and based on the results on screen, Hawkins certainly seems to have absorbed the mannerisms naturally.