I don’t know how else to describe the age in which we all live except that it’s more skeptical, less idealistic, less hopeful. So much has changed in the past several decades that a movie like Rob Reiner’s Flipped, a good movie, almost a great movie, is virtually MIA in this year’s Oscar race. Part of it is the cool factor: it’s not a movie that appeals to the loudest movie voices online. The critics did not warm up to it either. In the end, though, I’ve settled on the idea that it is just too sincere to work in 2010. It would have worked in 1986. It did work in 1986.