Friday, 22 February 2008
Dan in Real Life
Last night, reeling with exhaustion, I met a friend and we went to see Dan in Real Life, starring Juliette Binoche and Steve Carell amongst others.
As a piece of lowbrow entertainment it was great. Highly implausible plot but with good characters and set on a weekend family get together – and as most of us know, all kinds of crazy things happen when you let loose an entire family including children, grandchildren, a whole load of brothers and their wives and girlfriends.
When my mother’s tired or depressed she always wants to read books “with large print and a happy ending”. This was the filmic version of that but with some very real scenarios of family difficulties.
There are interesting parallels between the widowed father trying to cope with his eldest teenage daughter discovering Lurve (ie sex) for the first time, and him grappling with Lurve (not yet sex) for the first time since his wife died.
A good piece of escapism like a few glasses of plonk. Slips down easily, lifts your mood and no hangover afterwards.