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Your Family or Mine (2015)
Awesome Actors, Flat jokes, recycled gags.
I wanted to like this show, however it's all over the place. While humor is subjective in the sense that different people think different things are funny. So maybe this just isn't my kind of humor.
I think the Hollywood needs to retire the theory that unless it revolves around sex and raunchiness it's not funny. There are at a few shows on that debunk that theory so if would be great if writers and producers, etc. catch up.
While nothing is technically original, there is still fresh ways to use recycled ideas and characters, this show tries, but falls flat.
To put it in perspective, I just watched 3rd Rock From The Sun on Netflix, and laughed harder at that, than I did in the same time span I watch Your Family or Mine.
While 3rd Rock might have used boosted and/or commanded laughter, it was much more difficult to tell between that and authentic laughter.
Maybe it's unfair to compare 3rd Rock to Your Family or Mine, but to me the two shows seem to have similar characters.
I've only seen a couple of Episodes of YFoM, so I know I should give it some time, but the start doesn't seem promising.
The Way Way Back (2013)
Feel-Good Summer Film
Is this movie somewhat predictable? Yes. Then why does it work? Presentation.
First let me say that there seems to be a growing trend when reviewing movies to make matter-of- fact statements that are in reality the user's opinion. I thought this doesn't have to be said, but just so everyone knows this review in entirely my opinion. If you agree - awesome. If you don't - great.
The story follows the summer of Duncan who is unhappy about spending the summer with his mother Pam, her new boyfriend Trent and Trent's daughter Steph. As they arrive they are greeted by Betty, the pushy and nosy next door neighbor, and her middle child Susanna.
Trent has some friends Kip and Joan that live near by, and seem to be the more wildly bunch.
The movie does have some predictable set ups, and some run-of-the-mill gags. However it works because the performances are really good. Liam James as Duncan while bringing a bit to himself probably has the most difficult transition in terms of range. Rockwell definitely channels Bill Murray's Tripper from Meatballs.
Janney is funny and does the hot mess Betty very well. Carrell while good as the jerk, he wasn't always believable - there seemed to be just something off about it - almost like he wanted to break into Michael from the Office and I think at times he might off (during the rainy day scene). Still a pretty solid performance. NOTE: The Trent Role Steve Carrell plays is not very comedic if at all, he's definitely more dramatic in this. So if you're hoping for laughs from his character - don't expect any.
AnnaSophia Robb is definitely underrated as an actress and maybe if the Carrie Diaries continues past season two she'll get the recognition she deserves. She turned a really good performance in this film. Though it almost felt like she wasn't given enough to do. Likewise with Toni Collette, who actually scared me with "the look" - if you ever gotten one of those from your mother you know what I'm talking about. I felt the should have delved deeper into her a character - just a bit more.
The water park scenes are fun, though you pretty much know what's going to happen, if not from it being done before then from the trailer*. But Rockwell, Rash, Faxon and Rudolph seem to make it work and make it entertaining.
The Duncan/Susanna flirtiness I think works. It's not really a relationship, but a little more than friendship. She is curious about why he's so quiet and reserve and starts to see why and that they have more in common than maybe first realized. A lot of reviews I've heard that this would never happen in real life. I disagree - in fact I believe it's because of these types of movies that it seems to be happening even more. While now I'm not the same as Duncan, I was similar in that I wasn't very talkative around girls when I was 14-15, mainly because when I tried to speak I'd flub my words, etc. I was never as down as duncan, but I had girls like Susanna that were curious. Maybe they wouldn't have been as open about it as Susanna, but I've lived it so I can tell you it is definitely realistic.
The movie is poignant, funny, and bittersweet. Though in tone it seems refreshing, and is a simplistic coming-of-age story that should leave you feeling good at the end of it.
*The trailer shows practically a portion of every scene in the film. While not all of the trailer has sound, some might feel like it showed or spoiled the movie. Just a fyi and heads up.
The Bling Ring (2013)
Cautionary Tale of Living Like the Rich and Famous
While I'm not sure a movie like this has any spoilers, I checked the box to be safe. :)
I'm not sure I "like" a movie of this nature. However, it does depict the fascination of wanting to live like the rich and famous well, while also centering itself at the core - which is things really are not what they seem or at times bigger than they appear.
Balancing the scales to the tipping point and beyond, showing the seemingly glorified lifestyle contrasted with the grounded reality that what these teens are doing is illegal and they are destroying parts of these celebrities' lives.
The movie at times early on might seem to champion these young adults into something as just a petty, fun and wild joy ride. Though in my opinion It's much deeper than that, even at one point having one of the members questioning why they even did this in the first place and the public's infatuation with the lives of movies stars and the like. In addition a very cautionary tale at both sides, however skewed due to the personnel involved.
Emma Watson was probably the most known actress to take on a role in this film. While her dialect isn't perfect throughout, it's pretty damn good. Her performance in each film she does gets better and better.
Israel Broussard is in my opinion the next up and comer if he's not already there. If you asked me to compare him to someone, I'd say he reminds me of Josh Hutcherson.
Katie Chang a newcomer and first big feature, she garners the spotlight portraying the ringleader and not knowing the real person she's portraying it was harder to know her talent and ability, but I thought she was very good being cold and self-centered, but also almost oblivious to what she's doing.
There were a few laughs in the theater, but those felt more like nervous laughs and there's only a sliver of comedic situations.
The movie is fairly sluggish, and seems to hold on scenes for artistic flavor and maybe a bit of filler.
In summary this movie examines these mostly teens Idolizing celebrities and forming their version of the perfect lifestyle and the introspective of why they committed these crimes.
I Am Number Four (2011)
I Am Number Four
I Am Four is based on the novel by Pittacus Lore. Number Four is from a different planet, along his protector. Number is next on the Mogoadorian's kill list.
This film is action packed, that is it's face value, if you take just as that you should be fine and enjoy a good, yet a bit strange action film.
The more depth you try and go the more confused the viewer becomes. This is a movie for people who have read the book, otherwise the back story and understanding is scarce and hardly explained.
Sarah and John (Diana Agron and Alex Pettyfer) mumble a lot and whisper to each other during their scenes together. It looked like they were playing it as shy awkward people at times, but with their voices. Body language and facial expressions can do wonders when trying to convey shy and awkward, both did a great job with that, but voices must be heard. Sarah was perfectly in a scene in a forest yelling at her ex-boyfriend, but was quiet and it was difficult to hear what she was saying.
Continuing, the Mogadorians waste much of the movie hunting Number Four and then the end battle scene with them is long, drawn out and excessive, but somewhat entertaining, becoming increasingly predictable and increasingly weird. Most of it makes sense, but the timing at which it gets weird just wasn't working for me.
Again, a two minutes search on the internet about I Am Number Four the Novel gave much more about the back story that I feel is crucial to the story if you want to be up to speed. I have not read the book, but I've heard a lot of fans of the book are upset and feel the film got Lorien powers wrong.
There you have it, a somewhat entertaining action film, with hints of superb FX that continually reverts to clichés and increasingly weird.
Welcome To Haven
Welcome To Haven, this isn't your ordinary town. Now really, is any town just ordinary? No probably not, but Haven, Maine (played by Nova Scotia) is definitely not an ordinary town.
The show is based around Stephen King's novella The Colorado Kid. But please think that because it's based on a King book that it's automatically a horror TV series. It's really not. Sure it has elements of horror, but it's more of a mystery-supernatural show. It's part procedural, part romance, part thriller, etc.
Enter FBI Agent Audrey Parker who comes to Haven to investigate a murder that is somehow linked to her former partner. Trouble is Audrey has a past here, and oh boy yes she does. Audrey decides to stay, partly because she kind of has this thing for the Nathan, and a bit of thing for Duke, but mainly she just wants to find out about her past.
Audrey discovers that some of the people, well a lot of the people in town have what is known as the "troubles" which can be supernatural or otherwise and the troubles have been dormant for 27 years, but have started again and they coincide with the arrival of Audrey. So Audrey helps Sheriff Nathan Wuornos, protect the town and help people with a trouble get rid of it or try and cure them in a way. Audrey also makes friends with town resident troublemaker, Duke Crocker. All three characters have their own issues and each one has their own trouble.
What makes this show interesting and continually entertaining for me is it doesn't rely on the overall mystery to keep things moving. Think of the overall mystery as a subplot to the individual story arcs weaved throughout. And when you say "it's been a while since they've answered this major question" the show answers it and then provides a new one, but it also answers the little mystery questions. Sometimes those take multiple episodes but they don't wait a full season to tell you who is who, but they may withhold why or what a particular person is doing in Haven but they try and provide a little info. Though in season 3, the second half they not only told you who a new character was, they actually let you in on the why that character was there, but if you didn't pay attention you'd be lost. but of course they did withhold a few things about the character, but that's understandable. In addition the Character development and changes keep the show moving.
Interesting Fact: Emily Rose plays Audrey Parker. If you're a fan of the Uncharted Video Game series, Emily voices Elena. And Nolan North and Claudia Black, who both voice Nathan Drake and Chloe respectively on Uncharted, each guest starred on separate episodes in Season 3 of Haven.
Overall 9/10. This show does have some violence and gore and some jump moments, but they're pretty tame but still entertaining. However if you like a little scare check out the Halloween Episode (titled "Real Estate") from Season 3. They took the tired haunted house concept and did a really awesome job. Maybe not completely original, but still worth checking out.
Kickin' It (2011)
Apparently I'm still trying to hang on to my youth. The days of watch Saved By The Bell, Boy Meets World, All That, Keenan and Kel, etc. Well Kickin' It really has very little in common with those shows, but the reason I bring it up is one day while I was kind of under the weather I wanted a movie or TV show I could just kind of chill and watch and found Kickin' It.
It's not really a kids show per se, because from what I've gathered Disney XD is a channel for boys and male teenagers, so that appears to be it's target audience.
The Show centers around a group of misfit kids that go to the same school and all hang out at the same Bobby Wasabi Dojo and practice and compete in Karate. The Dojo is run by a 30-something shorty Rudy, played by Jason Earles. Leo Howard stars as the main character and best student of the Dojo, with the one girl on the show, Kim who isn't far behind in being Jack's equal.
The best way to review the show is to give pros and cons. So here it goes:
Pros: - It's entertaining and has enough action to keep you interest. In addition it's not overly cheezy with relationship, though this is not to be confused with over-acting or what some may call over-the-top. Some Disney Channel shows use this because of it's target audience, Kickin' It uses it for comedy effect, and mostly it's Jason Earles' Rudy that gets brunt of it, and it's more physical comedy than anything. Some will think this is hilarious, while others will run screaming for the hills.
-The choreography and stories can get a bit repetitive, for example Jack typically has to save the day or at least be one to initiate the finale battle, except for a few episodes. The martial arts are entertaining to watch and seem to try and blend as much authenticity along with physical comedy.
- One of the few shows I've seen that seems to really rely on the studio audience. If a joke works, you'll know it, if it doesn't you'll know it. Not a whole lot filler laughs or added laughter, if any.
-A growing and changing relationship between two characters is actually handled well and is a bit more believable than most teen shows. There are a few awkward moments, which is expected but it's usually not done with over-cheezing.
-The show is formulaic in a sense you know where everything is going, though there are a few twists that may surprise people.
-Some of the intended jokes might be seen as potentially offensive and/or racist. This is in part due to the owner of the Bobby Wasabi DoJo, but it really depends on each individual and their viewpoints. Some martial art students may be able to point on inaccuracies and other issues.
If have boys and/or girls between ages 10-14 they might enjoy this series. I think 15 and above might like some aspects but get kind of bored with it. But who knows everyone is different. I'm a bit older than the targeted age range, but find some aspects, especially the martial arts very entertaining, and Jason Earles' physical comedy is pretty funny.
The Hunger Games (2012)
Well acted, faithful to the book, but a bit long
Hungers Games, well-acted and seemed to keep the same eerie and dark theme of the book.
I get why (or at least I think I get why) they chose the movie the way they did, no I'm talking specifically about the hand-held "shaky" camera. That would be fine if combined with steady shot scenes after the hand-held camera scenes, however in the beginning of the movie the a lot of the hand-held camera scenes jump directly to more hand-held camera scenes. It takes some getting used to and yes it does get a little better as the movie progresses. I would have preferred they save the hand-held camera scenes specifically for the battle/fight scenes, but if you go in prepared like I did, you should be fine, just don't eat a whole lot before hand.
Now that that is out of the way.
The long and extended scenes without music. As one who hasn't read the whole book, I found a lot of these scenes boring. I'm taking a guess that these long-drawn out music-less scenes were on purpose for realism and emotional pull. It succeeded in creating more realism, but I feel if failed in the emotional pull - Let the actors act, Lawrence and Hutchinson both very talented actors, they were doing fine on their own. I found myself actually dosing off a bit during a few of these scenes where the emotion is felt, and the scenes seems to have no more purpose, yet the camera is still rolling but nothing is happening.
The special fx were pretty standard, but still cool. The film did a good job and trying to show the different lifestyles of each district with vibrant colors and fancy clothes for the rich and wealthy Capitol City, to the dreary and blue collar feel of District 12. It would have been nice to see them go a little more in depth with the 12 districts, but I think you'll get to see jest of it.
The film also gives you a nice simple and straight-forward love story subplot that does a very good job at setting up the potential love triangle. But Katniss' and Peeta's love story is done in a simplistic way that feels a bit more natural, even if it might have more to do with the finale of the competition.
Overall, while the film is slow in parts, and at times wants to make sure you know what emotion you should be conveying , and the camera movements may take some by surprise, it's well acted, and seems to stay pretty faithful to the book.
It might seem depressing, and the tone of the film is definitely dark and eerie. Don't expect flashy battle scenes of fights or deaths: some are quick, some are longer - but all are brutal, and few are beautiful.
Lemonade Mouth (2011)
Different for Disney... Question Authority?
In a world populated by mega pop and rock franchise films such as High School Musical and Camp Rock series I wasn't sure what to expect when flipping through the guide on Netflix and found Lemonade Mouth. I was working on a few things for one of my own screenplays and needed something mindless to watch and I thought..."oh a Disney film, this should do it" as I remember from an add as a Disney Channel Original movie. So I started it up...
Let me just say I wasn't able to get much done on my screenplays. This is one of Disney's better films in a while. No it's not High School Musical or Camp Rock, it's different than a lot of Disney films... It deals with questioning authority. Some might say that Disney's done that before but not in this tone and not to this extent.
The focus of the movie and how the band came together has the undertone of being heard, standing up for what you believe in.
This movie isn't perfect, but there's was something missing from this film... the majority of the cheesiness/corniness factor that you see in a lot of Disney films. This is one film that while scenes were awkward at times it was during situations that would more than likely be awkward in real life. Very well played by the actors.
For those that said scenes were awkward - THAT WAS HOW THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYED. Thing aren't always peachy. Lemonade Mouth was dealt with the real issues with realism. It was a welcome surprise.
The one thing you may have to get used to is like in High School Musical and Camp Rock music and singing start with little warning like the traditional musical film. While the film attempts to connect the story from rag tag to the instantaneous singing and we are know how to play it's better if you just accept it, otherwise you'll find yourself back in reality when you should be just enjoying the music.
There's a good pace and I found the songs are a lot more rock than other Disney Films and were quite enjoyable.
All in all this movie I give 8/10. There were a few scenes in the beginning - the soccer scene and a couple others that weren't up to par, but they were kind of necessary.
Disney (Channel) seems to be branching out and realizing that it's audience is not just limited to kids and preteens as those that grew up watching the Disney Channel are now in their teens/twenties and those older folks that remember when Disney Channel was still a premium pay channel like to relive their youth.
Solid display of different from Disney, but in a good way. The film as a whole is entertaining and if this is the start of a Disney revolution for less cheesy films, the the future is bright for Walt Disney Enterprises.
Soul Surfer (2011)
Robb's best performance since Bridge to Terabithia
Let me get this out of the way. If you think that this movie is filled with Christian themes, then you are mistaken. It might feel to some that it has Christian themes, but Bethany is a known Christian, and this is about her overcoming life's obstacles. I'm not one for religion, but this is a rare film that show Christians in a positive light.
In all honesty this movies isn't about Christianity or any particular religion, but about faith, no matter what faith it is you believe. The overall story is about not giving up, challenging yourself and learning to find your inner strength.
The cast was great, and they felt genuinely like real people rather than stars, which for some reason is hard to pull off.
The standout performance by far was AnnaSophia Robb. Her changes of emotion was great. From interviews AnnaSophia spent a lot time with Bethany and it showed. AnnaSophia stepped into Bethany's shoes for the entirety of the film. As someone myself who has had to overcome life's challenges in my own way and had learn to do things differently, though nothing as big as this, you understand what they go through.
I liked the fact after the attack how the small things were the bigger challenges.
The attack scene was very well done. Not overly dramatic, and not cheesy. That scene was the best cinematography for that kind of scene in a long time. By far Robb's best scene.
Yes this movie is sad, but it's majority is uplifting and the surfing competition and shots are great.
A great spiritual journey that is entertaining and refreshingly uplifting.
How will you dream tonight?
"What is the most resilient parasite?" And Idea. That's one of the first lines uttered in Christopher Nolan's think-tank thriller. The movie magician is at it again, combining unparalleled action sequences within a story told in the most complex way as it keeps you wondering what's coming next in this absolutely beautiful mind-bending phenomenon.
With out giving anything (too much) away, I can tell you that this film pushes the boundaries of not just the physical capabilities of us to understand this as a masterpiece of film, but it opens up new levels of imagination and tests our ability to define a reality.
The film uses the premise of the story and uses it against the viewer, similar to playing tricks on the eye and in this instance the mind is the eye and the eye of the mind is the creativity, which is the story. See the complex confusion? Exactly what you are supposed to be thinking the whole movie. From over-analyzing characters and dialogue, the film immerses you into a giant fish bowl of ideas and thoughts; and in this you create a world of your choosing.
I want to tell you about the film in more detail, but that would spoiling all the fun and then you wouldn't have to see it. But for those that like to know a little about the film I'll provide you with a very brief synopsis. But before I do, what I can tell you is how ever complex it may seem to get the answer lies in the most simplest form..."What's the most resilient parasite?"
So Imagine the world where someone could steal your thoughts while you sleep, enter your subconscious and take any and all information...
How will you dream tonight?
King of the Camp (2008)
Don't expect High School Musical...
Just a warning May contain spoilers depending on you view of things.
You have been warned.
With that said, there really isn't any twist in this movie, which for once I can say THANK GOD! I mean with every movie coming out now trying to have a "sixth sense" type twist is utterly ridiculous. Just write the story and if the twist comes, then go with it, but don't force it like so many movies out there.
Anyway onto King of the Camp. Like I said in the summary bar: Don't expect a big HSM type film, because first you must realize this a low budget film. HSM was filmed with Disney extravaganza and marketing. People forget that HSM 1 was actually a made-for-TV movie...IMAGINE if that went to theaters and the second one? Yikes, the last thing I need to see is Zac Efron Disney-fied even more.
King of the Camp while low budget pulls off some great photography of the scenery and the surroundings.
The script or should I say story "Kitchen staff is not on the same level as the counselors" seems just bit far fetched, but this is not the show "Bug Juice". THis camp is full of rich snobby teen counselors and wacky kids. Plus, the age its geared toward, really its just filler for the singing and dancing.
The Dancing is not perfect and the singing is dependent on the actor/talent sining. I though the leads did fine, in singing and dancing, but the film itself didn't seem to know where it was going in any aspect.
A few funny moments but none of the "teens" even looked like teens other than the kids. I mean really at least try. I get it - they use to "18 to look younger" for time, but the only guy that actually might pass for that would be Jason Stadnyk, who played Will Cross. He did have one funny line near the end of the film.
One bright spot was the girl that played Sarah. The song "My Heart is Calling Home" was pretty darn good. Plus she can act, the scene with Will near the end of the movie was one of her best, and its shame she doesn't talk much in the film, but look out for her. If your wondering her name is Sydney Trotter. Don't be surprised if you Ms. Trotter in bigger films in near future.
So the movie is what it is. A singing and dancing smorgasbord with acting throwing in for filler.
Recommended for kids 12 and under. I don't recall any language issues in this so no worries for parents.
Lower Learning (2008)
Graphic sexual conversation is just the beginning
For the reviewers that said "those that reviewed this film low didn't like it because the graphic sex conversation offended them" Well not for me, but maybe some. But even if the graphic sex was done correctly and so far the only person I know that would be able to pull off a movie with kids while adults discuss sex, etc would be Kevin Smith.
Also there is good "over-the-top" and bad "over-the-top" this was bad "under-the-bottom" The kids in the movie do a decent job for the prediciment they were put in by their agents, or parents and their acting tried to save this movie, but I think they knew they couldn't save the movie if they stuffed it full of Hannah Montana money. For the adults with the exception of Biggs, my CAT could act better than the rest of the adult cast. I actually for a moment thought that Biggs at one point was going to break out a pie and do nasty things to it, honestly. Yeah sure maybe its my not so subtle attempt at humor and making fun of this movie, but seriously my joke was AT LEAST ten times better than this film, that I can assure you of.
The poor children were put in odd, awkward situations almost as if the Director said okay now, improvise, and the kids are like "seriously?" so the director saws : Say "c**k S**ck*ng Mofo. The kids are like "um, OK."
The first ten minutes were funny. Scenes like Biggs and Fowler in the parking lot, when you first see Billing in his office, etc. I actually though the kid farting while raising the flag was a bit funny. For me was Potter's character is when this movie started heading south.
I worked in a Family Health Club and at a teen center and heard more vlugar stuff than anything going on in this film and most of the kids were YOUNGER than those in this film. That was scary. What's scarier is that I actually had to watch a movie that seemed to be based on those things said. So no, it's not offensive, but it was certainly scary.
I was expecting a comedy. Now I question those that wanted to make this film.
This is just one man's opinion, but there seems to be consensus with the majority on this board as to why and how this film got made. Yeah we know "how" money, but why. Satires are supposed to be funny not create a lot of bad awkward silence with the actors. I could have sworn I saw a couple times the kids look off camera to the director looking "you want me to what?"
This movie has replaced the Avengers as the worst movie I have ever seen.
Simple Things (2007)
Simple Subtlety keys this movie to Victory
Coming off a viewing of a very odd and awful comedy that was more concerning than it was funny, I didn't have high expectations for "Country Remedy" I was merely looking for something to make me forget about the previous movie I had just watched. Usually I try to go into a movie not expecting anything, a sorts of a neutral playing field if you will.
Upon the opening scene, I was intrigued and knew that this film had some promise. Within a half hour of watching this, I was not able to turn it off even if I wanted to.
The story is simple. Father, Evan and Son, Nate lose wife/mother, Father is one of the top Pediatricians in Chicago. His boss not sure his head is in the right place for the Head of Pediatrics and tells him if he's willing to go to a small mountain town in North Carolina to help out with the Clinic, and get a good recommendation from the mayor there, that he's sure to lock up the coveted Head of Pediatrics position. To the dismay of Nate, Evan accepts his boss' challenge.
Upon arriving in Dunn's Rock, North Carolina, Evan and the new clinic is seemingly unwanted, and unaware of the future challenges that face Evan he must overcome professional and personal obstacles in terms of Nate, who is a bit lonesome while grieving the loss of his mother. While Evan also tries to win over the locals, but realizes that words of wisdom wont get him anywhere and he must use his skills to overturn the skeptical townsfolk.
Nate meets two kids about his age, one in particular, Christina aka 'Chris' who shows Nate that while the City may be full of bright lights and all, the country is a forest full of adventures with magical powers.
The subplot and secondary story lines have possibly hidden lessons, that while the film doesn't dwell on them or preach them, it does manage to get them across in a non- threatening way. For example the romanticism between Evan and the Mayor, while you know its there, it isn't exploited and is an excellent compliment to the overall picture.
The acting is brilliant. Believable, subtle and simple. Some featured characters, such as Slyder may be overlooked but Mickey Jones, whom you may recognize from Home Improvement as "Pete Bilker" steals a few scenes and is a good comic relief. Edie McClurg as Nurse Maggie is the perfect fit for the role.
While Aidan Mitchell and the rest of the cast was also great, the top two performers of the cast were Cameron Bancroft (Evan) and Channing Nichols (Christina 'Chris' Hudson).
Bancroft with a resemblance to Kevin Bacon, was very believable as Evan, a highly-skilled and highly successful Pediatrician that is having difficulty not only grieving the loss of his wife, but also relating to his son, Nate.
Channing Nicols, the then 14 year old with at the time only one movie and a few TV appearances under her belt, didn't show any sign of being a "rookie". While not having to switch from emotion to emotion much, when she did, she rivaled the top actors and actress' her age.
The film while teetering on the fine line of Country town vs Big City, is able to walk that line and it never crosses it, instead it focuses on the issue that it first showed us in the opening scenes.
The writing got this movie to goaline and the acting punched it in the endzone for a victory.
This film is a great family film that has heart, comedy, drama. If you watch a lot of films, this movie may seem a bit predictable, but to the casual movie goer you should be pleasantly surprised.
Rated PG for Thematic elements and Language. To add: There's a couple drinking scenes, and couple of dramatic moments, and does deal with losing a loved one, 7-8 and older should be fine.