Philip Saville's slight drama set partially amidst a bohemian existence has many fine attributes, namely a first-rate cast that keeps the film focused and engaging. However, with the exception of a sexy interlude involving Christian Bale's relationship with a beautiful woman (well-played by Elsa Zylberstein) from his wilder days, the central story is plodding, and when it's all over, one is still hard-pressed to discover the meaning behind it all. The theme of family life versus bachelorhood isn't really new, and the film does little to set it apart from other pictures of its type. To give Metroland credit, it avoids shameless sentiment and is a thoughtful look at such topics, but eventually the film collapses beneath its own good intentions. Still, it remains worth a look, if only to see the strikingly versatile Christian Bale playing an everyday guy, something he hasn't done very often in his career.