Brand and Mirren aside, indie darling Greta Gerwig offers a romantic interest the audience worthy of emotional investment. As Naomi, an unlicensed, vaguely hipster NYC tour guide, Gerwig is fairly adorable and immediately likable. She'd grounded, so believably normal, that you instinctively want her to find a happy ending. Though she appears to deserve more than our alcoholic hero, when we see that she finds value in him, we feel free to do the see the same. Brand is a capable enough actor to finely tune the differences in the way he communicates with Naomi, Hobson, and his megalomaniacal intended (Jennifer Garner). His character's defense mechanisms are varied, he becomes more or less lucid depending on his surroundings. Each interaction succeeds in finding its humorous quotient with a surplus of pithy commentary and too clever asides. The result is a warmly welcoming hot toddy, a film that may be made up of empty calories, but which is, regardless, enjoyable and comfortable.