Angel in the House
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Struggling to adopt a child and unable to conceive one of their own, the Morrison family is in need of a miracle. However, their luck changes when a 7-year-old boy unexpectedly shows up on their doorstep. A heart-warming family tale, Angel in the House is sure to bring out the child in all of us.
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This is not sappy, or sentimental but it is sweet and it harkens back to to a time long gone in sentiment even though its set in contemporary times.
The acting by the actor playing the little boy is delightful and the three adult leads, Collette, Guettfrund and Grant, are spot on.
FYI: Whoever was responsible for locations and set design, did a great job. It didn't hurt to have some beautiful scenes with a to-die-for apartment and park (right outside!).
It's a light and upbeat movie. You, of course, have to suspend your logic because, after all, this is about "angels."
Personally, I believe in them, both in the real world and elsewhere. So quite enjoyed it.
Who can slueth out this puzzle? Enter Eli - a suit wearing, news watching, 7 year old foster child who sleeps with a teddy bear and calls a taxi when he decides to play hooky from school.
Angel in the House deals with sensitive issues of grief, loss and disappointment with disarming delicacy, and a mischievous grin.
P.S. The sound quality was bad when I streamed it. It went up and down, and I eventually had to turn on the closed-captions to catch everything being said. (The captions are slower than the talk.) Toni Collette's accent at times was hard to understand, too.
The story was delightful and the acting superb - especially that little guy Eli! I thought I had the ending all figured out, but I didn't, and the surprise literally brought tears to my eyes! Wonderful, wonderful movie. Highly recommended!
The movie stars Ioan Gruffudd (Forever), Toni Collette (Sixth Sense), and Maurice Cole who does such a fantastic job playing Eli (his first movie). He is so sweet. Perfect casting. Hayley Mills also has a small part.
Amazon (Prime) Video did have Closed Captions. I bought the DVD - it does NOT have any English subtitles or any other language, and no extras. The DVD case does say it has English captions but my newer TV doesn't receive closed captioned. I would highly recommend this movie.