A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.
- Visitor from Planet Ordonas Visitor from Planet Ordon
- (as Ricky Jay Derby)
The little girl is fabulous. Good casting. She's adorable without being perfect. Kevin Kline was an absolute delight as an unapologetic drunken writer/professor who also happens to be quite full of himself. Rachel Weisz (whom I normally do not care for) was completely (and unexpectedly) charming. Ryan Reynolds was also a good casting choice. Unexpectedly believable as a dad.
The bulk of the movie is him explaining to his daughter, bedtime story style (told entirely in flashbacks) about love and how he met her mother, with her being the proverbial "happy ending". Except ... she seems to be the only one who notices that her Dad really isn't happy at all. Isla Fisher also shines. Watching her character grow from someone who is completely devoid of any direction or purpose into a real woman, complete with self-esteem, was a nice touch.
Loved the relationship stories. It's amazing what you don't see when you are in a relationship, only to come to a realization much later. Anyone who has ever traded a trip on the QEII for a proverbial three hour tour on the S.S. Minnow relationship-wise will totally relate.
The fact that Ryan Reynolds sometimes gets so carried away with the story that he forgets he is talking to a little girl leads to a few (ok, so it's a lot) contrived chuckles along with a couple of genuinely funny moments.
It's not going to win an Oscar or break a box office record, but if you want a completely enjoyable two hour escape ... see this movie.
- Jan 18, 2008