Stranger Than Fiction

I know that tawdry stories such as this and this can catch a person’s eye like a bad case of conjunctivitis. Life is truly sometimes stranger than fiction.

So may I humbly suggest that this weekend you focus your peepers on this instead.

Thanks to my favorite law professor for recommending Stranger Than Fiction. It’s not often that I gush over a movie rental. But this morning, I’m overflowing like Old Faithful. Will Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhall, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah and Dustin Hoffman combine to produce a sober but soothing feast snack for the soul. There’s also a delightful reference to Space Camp for you Huntsville folks, plus some funny cameos by some guys whom you’ll recognize immediately.

Don’t miss Will Ferrell as he provides an answer to the all-important question: “Are warm cookies and milk simply an accessory, or are they a life preserver?”

It may not be a masterpiece, but it was a good enough sight for these sore eyes.

  1. Mike the Eyeguy

    Remember: It’s about the quality, folks, not the quantity.

  2. JRB

    I really dig this movie, and it surprised me. The end may be a bit contrived, but it had to be. Overall, though, it is very good storytelling about storytelling and the narrative view of all of our interacting lives.

    For another great story about storytelling, I recommend Big Fish, filmed right here in our neighborhood in Montgomery, and the Scot playing the Alabaman does decent justice the accent. It’s a tear jerker for sure, and as a father of sons, you may be extra pricked.

  3. Mike the Eyeguy

    Yes, I saw Big Fish a couple years back and it was a fine piece along the same lines, as was Secondhand Lions.

    Stranger Than Fiction struck me as a very incarnational and sacramental movie. As someone who is always eager to explore that side of life, it struck a chord with me.

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