United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the ...Written by
The screenplay has been adapted to a stage musical with songs by Andrew Lippa, first performed in 2013. The setting and characters are slightly different. See more »
In an early scene Will Bloom is seen giving Ensure liquid to Ed Bloom, which is given to patients who cannot eat solid food. But in later scenes he is seen taking solid food despite of the fact that his cancer was irreversible and incurable, and hence he should have never been able to eat again. See more »
Young Ed Bloom:
There are some fish that cannot be caught. It's not that they are faster or stronger than other fish, they're just touched by something extra.
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The whole story of a man's life is something large but this movie managed to be entertaining and comical telling a story by dividing it on many stages so well told it feels like it's a little fairy tail, so many aspects and many temporal lines in 2 hours that feels like just a single hour.
The story itself is touching and beautiful while the time placement (involving the wardrobe used and design of the places as well) totally transports the audience to those years, it's colorful and complements the "adventure vibe"
This is undoubtedly a great movie to watch with the family so every single member can appreciate each other stories and how them all got intertwined.
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