Tuesdays are $2.00 overnight DVD night at my local video store. Hubby trundles down there once every couple of weeks and grabs a cupla boy flicks and a couple of Ally flicks. One week he came home with...
This is one movie I truly thought might not have a hope of getting off the ground.
But I'm not a huge Matthew McConaughey fan. He's lovely to look at but I find his personality grating and his acting mannered. But in this movie he was ideal. Big, beautiful, adventurous, laid-back, and damaged.
Enter Sarah as Paula a woman whose business it is to date stay at home sons and to make them move out - for a fee.
Tripp's parents hire her, and she proceeds to set up a meeting with Tripp and engineer a date, which turns into 2, and 3 and a relationship. How's that for a big axe that we know MUST fall over their heads once they do, of course, really fall in love?
Tripp's parents are lovely, real, funny, and turly original characters. They pay Paula to get their son to move out, for his own sake and theirs. when we find out at the end of the movie why it took his mom, played by Kathy Bates, so long to give him the shove, it's a really touching moment.
The gorgeous Zooey Deschanel is the nutty best friend Kit who has a sideline story about mockingbird who won't let her sleep. Since I have a bird who has done the same thing to me for the past several months, to the point of lying in bed with earplugs, imagining how far I might be able to fling a rock, it sat well.
Tripp's two best mates, Ace and Demo, are cute, funny, hot, foils, and in the end lend true poignancy to Tripp's character in a) revealing tragedies of his past, and b) shedding light on why he is a guy too scared to move into a real future.
This movie is bright, sunny, well-paced, unique, a little bit silly but all the silliness serves a purpose which comes together at the end in a really poignant way. The characters are wonderful, the romance believable. In fact, after writing this I think I'm going to sit right down and watch it all over again!
Warm & Fuzzy Rating: 8.5
Ally's next book is FALLING FOR THE REBEL HEIR which is out in North America and the UK come March.
For more info about this book, the collage of which is posted here, and one she considers came ready made with more than a handful of fairy dust, check out the book page on her website...