Sundance fave Hearts Beat Loud shows maybe the best on-screen father-daughter relationship I’ve ever seen. Sam (Kiersey Clemons) is the driven, focused one, about to start a pre-med program. Her father, Frank (Nick Offerman), is the head-in-the-clouds dreamer unable to relinquish a fading musical ambition and desire to start a band with his daughter.
The plot stands the usual dynamic on its head, but the leads who power everything else. Clemons stuns and proves again she’s one of the best young actors currently working. And I love that Offerman is equally at home playing woodworking manly men as music snob Brooklyn record store owners. This could easily fall into unbearably cutesy, twee indie dramedy territory, but Brett Haley’s film is joyous, heartfelt, and altogether wonderful. [Grade: A]