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Possibly contains a lot of spoilers!
Unlike the other reviewer I find this movie to be unbelievably bad. Bad acting all around, bad writing, stilted dialog, and situations totally contrived so Pa Walton can go around saying "I think I have the answer to that" or "I think I know how to solve that". Then he'll point to a tool box or a tree or read a poem and suddenly the issue is completely resolved. Plus, supposedly, all the kids are adults now yet they're still wandering around wondering if they're really meant to be a writer or if they should be a musician or a basketball player or should they work at Ike's store forever. Erin's husband Paul is rather dull and slow-witted when he can't figure out how to resolve their privacy problems and she seems equally passive/aggressive about how to figure it out. Really just a very bad movie all around.
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)
Dull, Empty and Lifeless
I was really looking forward to watching this movie, but what a disappointment. This was a love story? Hardly. Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich never seemed to be who they were supposed to be (an educated scholar and a hardworking farmer) and both actors were flat and emotionless throughout the movie. I never understood why Ray was so desperate to win Livvy's love because she was without personality, charm, or warmth and certainly never contributed anything to HIS life. She was rude, ungrateful, and hostile to everyone in her new environment except the two Japanese sisters so it was no wonder she felt isolated and lonely. And I didn't understand the plot line involving the German soldier at all. It came from nowhere and contributed nothing to the story. The book this movie was based on may be a good book, but this movie was nothing but empty (except for the scenery which is the only reason why I bothered to give it 3 stars).