Life is going well for Bob Jones: great job, beautiful loving wife and a baby on the way. Then he finds out that he has kidney cancer that will leave him dead within months. He sets out to videotape his life's acquired wisdom for his child, and ends up on a voyage of self-discovery and reconciliation.Written by
Bob changes his last name from Ivanovich to Jones, much to his family's dismay. In fact, the two names are not that different. Slavic names often translate to "son of," and Ivanovich means son of Ivan, which is a variation on the name John, making it "John's son." Jones is the Welsh form of Johnson. See more »
During the dance scene at the wedding reception in the very beginning, one of the extras (who dances with a girl in a green dress) looks directly at the camera. At first you think he's looking at Bob but Bob is on the other side of the dancing and not focused on the extra. See more »
I lost my father as a very small boy.So small,in fact,that I have no recollection of him whatsoever.This fact is what drew me to view this movie,otherwise it would have been overlooked.My father's death was sudden,so he really had no time to prepare in the way that Michael Keaton's character did here.Bob Jones did what he had to do to make sure his newborn son would not grow up without him,and this is what touched my heart about this movie.Also,the scene where a near death Jones limps to his son's room,up to his crib,touching him gently, and explaining to him that "this whole dying thing wasn't my idea". This one,short moment,was enough to console me through my lifelong sadness of having to grow up without my own dad.His dying wasn't his idea.From a reviewer's standpoint,this perhaps is not a great film, (the ending was unbelievably sappy),but it will always have a special place in my heart for personal reasons.Those of you with fathers, those of you who have lost fathers,and those of you who are fathers should see this movie.
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