If you have not seen this movie, do so.
When I first saw that it starred Steve Martin, I wasn’t interested in seeing it. I’m not a big Steve Martin fan and was expecting it to be crude. Then I heard a Christian movie reviewer saying may good things about the movie, so my wife and I went to see it.
This is refreshing in that I have absolutely no reservations in recommending it. I don’t have to say “but” or “there’s just this one part…”
Several things I liked:
* There was chaos even when the family lived their idyllic rural life. The difference was in family relationships, not in orderliness and peace. It was always “messy”.
* The dad was a good division 1 coach, and the mom was a good author and speaker. Their decision was based on choosing what was more important, and not because they were failing at their careers.
* The only characters who criticized the family (the boyfriend, the neighbors, and the boss) were completely lampooned. There wasn’t even a hint that they had any validity. Large, close-knit families are presented as entirely good. Anyone who didn’t think so was simply a shallow, self-centered jerk.
* Even after he fell from the chandelier, the boy next door thought the family was great. He picked himself up and said “You’re _all_ invited to my birthday party!”
* When Mark (?) was reconciled to his family at the end of the movie, I almost wept. The look on his face when he first saw them was amazing. And what the other kids said – roughly, “Yeah, you’re weird, but _you are one of us_ and you _belong_”. Wow.
* The mom and dad certainly ruled their roost. There were rules and morals. “This is a G-Rated house!” It was enforced. “Now would be a good time for you to be very quiet!” The parents were definitely in charge.
* The mom hesitated for about one tenth of a second before announcing “My book tour is over. I’m going home.”
* The dad took just a tiny bit longer in deciding he was “following a different dream”.
* I particularly liked the scene at the end of his last game. He was giving it all up. The winning season, the stadium of fans. And then he turned and saw the “We love the coach” sign, held by his family. He was _definitely_ giving things up for them. You can’t have it all, but you can have what’s best.
I loved this movie.