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There are so many intimate elements included within this solid narrative (written by Reiner along with Guy Thomas) that it becomes so easy to get lost in the lives of the people as I certainly did. I laughed out loud and was just as moved to tears throughout. A simple plot with a burnt-out and disgruntled author who is alcohol swilling and unflinchingly sarcastic. A struggling mother who is positive and lovely although quite lonely lives next-door. In this setting, there is nothing really new. There is although so much depth to the main characters, the people of the town riddled throughout, and in Wildhorn's personally complicated life. It is in this setting which makes this particular movie so worth your time; the ride which Monte takes from the point A to point B. It may not seem like too much of a trip but for this closed-off reclusive author, the jump is quite thorny while we question if everything will come up roses for him. What first may appear to be predictable may not end in the way it will seem at the outset. This is a movie of, and for, the heart.Read more ›
Plan to watch again before rental expires, definately a must for the collection.
A must see movie!
Freeman plays grumpy, washed-up alcoholic Western writer Monte Wildhorn (great imagination with the character's name, but don't let that put you off). He decides to summer-sit a house at a location I understand is Greenwood Lake, NY - but is called Belle Isle Village according to the town limit's sign. This confused me since they are clearly not on an island but at the lakeshore (someone refers to the lake), with some weird rocklike forested island (clearly CGI) off the coast, an island also called Belle Isle (or Belle Island, take your pick).
Wildhorn has long since abandoned writing and devotes himself to guzzling booze. That is, until a fine lady and her three young daughters enter his life and cheer him right up, especially the youngest daughter. I have to say it is a miracle and a marvel to see Freeman giving such a performance with his sadly acquired handicaps - and elements of his wheelchair-bound character reflect that loudly here. It is also magic to watch him develop an almost grandfatherly relationship with the youngest of his neighbors, who are a white family.
There is no swearing, no ugliness of situation and no awkward stupidity in the storyline. I see all that as major in this day and age. One bit of language is "Jesus H. Christ" which is so hilariously surprising I hit the ceiling laughing when I heard the lines. Fred Willard as a local eccentric certainly spices the thing nicely.Read more ›
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What a gift..... Having neighbors and neighborhood of the caliber in this movie. Makes one want to be a better person.Published 12 days ago by M. D
A great movie with humor and plot leaving the viewer a bit more hopeful in lifePublished 13 days ago by KGb
This movie just did not do much to thrill me. Sort of meandering plot. Disappointed.Published 17 days ago by Frances Fleenor