Writer and radio storyteller Gabriel Noone's (Robin Williams) career has hit a valley with the demise of a longtime relationship to boyfriend Jess (Bobby Cannavale). But that was before Noone answered his phone and found an inspiring fan/aspiring author (Rory Culkin) and his mother (Toni Collette) on the other end of the line. Seems like the beginning a good friendship or two ... assuming Noone can decipher the boy's identity, which remains shrouded from the locals and even the publishing house set to distribute his book.

The Night Listener is based on true events, and it's faithful to a fault to the documented accounts. In other words, there's a good chance you'll absolutely hate how it ends, and few things are more detrimental to a deliberate, moody and often strange mystery than an ending that doesn't pay out.

If nothing in the preceding statements has scared you off, the journey ­ if not the destination ­ is worth the ride. Credit a collection of good performances for saving the day. Sandra Oh and Joe Morton also star.

Extras: Deleted scene, behind-the-scenes feature.

Grade: B