A divorced father and his eight-year-old son are about to spend a somewhat predictable weekend together, nevertheless, when a valuable toolbox gets stolen, the search for the thieves will soon turn into a true family bonding.
Eight year old Anthony is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad Walt while his mom Bonnie and her new husband Kyle go to a Catholic retreat together. Walt is just as uneasy about spending time with Anthony, especially since their first day together is a series of characteristically unfortunate events, including his truck breaking down, his landlord locking him out of the house, and the theft of his toolbox, which he needs for an upcoming job. As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guy who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become.
The book "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation" that Anthony resumes reading multiple times in the movie, is by Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and is his treatise that evolution is much more than a rebuttal to creationism. It is an essential way to understand how nature works, and to change the world. That Anthony reads this in his spare time, foreshadows his straight A report card, and contradicts his age of eight (third grade). Neither Anthony's age, nor his grade in school is ever mentioned in the film. Still, many reviewers refer to him as eight years old, so that age was probably cited in the film's publicity release. This would have been motivated because Anthony is to have confirmation and First Communion the next weekend, something usually done at age seven in North American Catholic Churches. Jaeden Lieberher (Anthony) was eleven when filming began on 11/11/2014 and would turn twelve on 1/4/2015. See more »
At 1:29 of the movie Walt is driving down a residential street on his way to retrieve his tools, you can see the truck going in the opposite direction swerve into Walt's lane to avoid the film crew in the street. The two-tone gray Toyota truck (at 1:29:20) has Washington State license plates. This movie was set in Washington State, but was filmed in the Metro Vancouver, Canada, area; more specifically, Walt is living at 20657 (at 0:12:55) Dolman Street (at 0:02:15) which is in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, in the Metro Vancouver area, so the probability is high that the truck was part of the film shoot. If an error were committed then it was that they didn't use a telephoto lens or Steadicam so the camera could have been out of the way. See more »
Well, if he found Jesus, maybe he can find my tools.
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DON'T GET MAD GET EVEN
Performed by Big Dave McLean
Written by Dave McLean
Publisher: Black Hen Music See more »
a Remake of THE BICYCLE THIEVES
A remake of Vittorio De Sica (director) and Cesare Zavattini (script)neo-realist classic I Ladri di Biciclette (soon to be released by Criterion on bluray) from 1948... This one holds itself rather moderately on the basis of the strength of the original film.. Nice move to take the story today's USA... Good and earnest performances from the leads and an excellent acting job from the child actor... And the question is, there is this excellent film before you, why on earth make a remake? I am not moved by this film, competently, professionally done but not an earth-shaker...I miss the soul of the human drama...I should say, why bother?
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