As parents, we try to protect our children from realities we fear they may experience. Now and then we may try too hard to stand in between these people we love and situations they must confront as we hope, somehow, we can absorb the pain they must face. While our efforts may not solve every challenge, they do express what we want for kids. And, just as we once did, our sons and daughters learn important lessons for themselves. Moviemaker Sofia Coppola, daughter of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola, explores the well-intentioned yet misguided efforts of one father as he intervenes in his daughter\u2019s life in her new film, \u201cOn the Rocks.\u201d This selection at the virtual New York Film Festival \u2014 scheduled to stream next month on Apple TV+ \u2014 may remind parents to give adult children credit for making their own decisions as well as help children remember, now and then, to give parents the benefit of the doubt. Coppola\u2019s look at father-daughter dynamics is, actually, quite precious. Laura, the daughter, (played by Rashida Jones) finds herself in a marriage defined by its routine. With a career as a writer, two children and a husband who frequently travels, this woman finds herself searching for purpose and belonging beyond what she does for those close to her. When the pace of daily life takes away time with her husband, she begins to wonder what else may be capturing his interest. Just as the film begins to explore Laura\u2019s doubts, her father, Felix, (played by Bill Murray) arrives in the city with his own agenda to connect with his daughter. When he also begins to suspect her husband, father and daughter reach beyond their immediate suspicions to examine what their own relationship has become. Just as moviemaker Coppola so creatively accomplished in \u201cLost in Translation,\u201d for which she won an Oscar for writing, she uses layers of conversation to search the souls of her characters. No matter where these people may find themselves, whether in a classic convertible driving through Manhattan or the bar at the Carlyle Hotel or walking down a New York City street, Coppola uses her gift of language to help them express what they miss each day. For Laura, the appearance of a satisfying life no longer seems enough; for Felix, the opportunity to make up for past neglects is too much to pass by. For each, the bonds of family become something to stand on as they try to endure the challenges daily living can bring. For Murray, \u201cOn the Rocks\u201d offers an ideal opportunity to showcase a special gift to convey the essence of character without overstating the performance. This nuanced approach enables us to naturally get to know the intentions behind this man\u2019s actions. As Murray has in so many films over the years, he uses his subtle sense of humor to celebrate the ironies that any relationship can generate. He turns in a delightful performance that may make you smile. As parents, we may be accused, now and then, of trying too hard to make the world easier for our offspring to navigate. \u201cOn the Rocks\u201d celebrates how, even on our worst days, our good intentions to soothe wounds can make a difference to the children we love. \u201cOn the Rocks\u201d is rated R for \u201csome language\/sexual references.\u201d The film runs 1 hour, 36 minutes.