Which is what The Wise Kids is just brimming with. Genuine respect for all of its characters, from every angle, and a deep sense of empathy - it would be really easy to slip off the tight-rope, to get preachy one way or the other, to turn these folks into saints or punchlines, and it never does. Watching it you really feel as if it knows each and every one of them to their cores, and it loves them for all of their willfull weirdnesses and foibles and good natures. And at film's end I was desperately sad to see them go - I want the adventures of Tim and Brea in New York! What happens with Austin and Cheryl? And Laura! Poor "Don't call me dumb!' Laura. The character I was most naturally inclined to resent and pick apart - she kept breaking my heart.