I thought this was an outstanding film that showcased the two main characters as they struggled, grew, and changed. It helps to be a Colin and Salma fan of course, but overall this tale of an aspiring Italian American writer in depression era LA is pretty amazing. Not sugar-coated in any way, it blended hope with reality quite well. I thought it was a lesson movie, especially realizing how far we have progressed after all from that time. Bravo!