Boy Erased (2018)



Boy Erased is a 2018 American biographical drama film based on Gerard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name. It was directed by Joel Edgerton. It stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton and follows the story of a son of Baptist parents who is forced into a gay conversion therapy program.

Jared Eamons (Hedges) is the son Marshall Eamons (Crowe), a car dealer and Baptist preacher in Arkansas, and Nancy Eamons (Kidman), a hairdresser. He starts his first day at Love in Action gay conversion therapy assessment program. He meets the chief therapist Victor Sykes (Edgerton), who tells Jared’s group, that their sexuality is a choice influenced by poor parenting. He instructs them to perform hard “moral inventories” of themselves and their families and requires that they not tell anyone else about what goes on during those sessions.

Many of the kids in the program receive abusive “therapies,” some involving family members, such as pouring cold water on them, making them become angry on purpose, or hitting them with a cross or a Bible. No person, homosexual or not, should have to go through this. If you really think God hates someone because of their sexual preference, then there is something seriously wrong with you. Just because it’s written in a book that it is wrong or right, that doesn’t make it so. It is still a book.

You learn in this film that many Bible thumpers take homosexuality as a sin and that many will do anything to rid that from a loved one, causing more harm than good. Does gay conversion therapy really work? Nine times out of ten, it does not. There is no scientific evidence to back up the success. People that go through the therapy, either remain the same, pretend to be heterosexual and pretend that they actually learned things from the program, or come out confused. There is no cure for homo or bisexuality. Far too many people think sexuality is a choice.

This film shows the cruelty that goes on during a gay conversion therapy program and how it actually does more harm than good. It also shows how religion, especially Christianity, plays a role in “marriage is to be between a man and a woman.” The program tries to teach the kids that homosexuality, homosexual thoughts and masturbation is wrong. They use harsh forms of therapy to brainwash them.

Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton are an outstanding ensemble in this film. This film was truly inspirational, moving and disturbing. Coming from a family like the Eamons, I could sympathize with Jared. Families should accept each other for who they are.

This film does have some moments, but it does pick up. This is a deeply disturbing, yet powerful movie, that anyone who has been outcasted religiously by family for their sexuality needs to watch. A true gem of a motion picture that most conservative Christians may hate, but need to watch, because it is eye opening. No one deserves to be treated badly because they don’t follow a certain code. Great, emotional, wonderful film. 18+ 4.5/5


Classic of the Week: The Cameraman (1928)



The Cameraman is a 1928 American silent comedy drama film directed by Edward Sedgwick and an uncredited Buster Keaton. It was Buster’s first fi,lm with Metro Goldwyn Mayer.

Buster is a sidewalk tintype photographer in New York City, who develops a crush on  Sally Richards, a secretary that works for MGM Newsreels. To be close to her, he buys an old film camera, emptying his bank account  and attempts to get a job as one of MGM’s  filmers.

This is a fun film, filled with humor, mishaps and romance. It is a classic without dialogue, that doesn’t even need it, because the story is easy follow and great, Keaton  can still make people laugh without cracking a smile, which is where he got his nickname “The Great Stone Face.” He was a true comic genius, who was ahead of his time.

This film is both hilarious and heartwarming. He does everything he can think of to get closer to Sally, the girl of his dreams, but in the process, he gets into a lot of trouble. He goes bankrupt, tries to get a job at one of the top film companies at that time, tries to get money and tries to win the heart of Sally. She at first isn’t interested in him, but once she gets to know him, she falls for him.

This is a very clever work of cinema, one that is not only ahead of its time, but has stood the test time, as a truly wonderful film, a remarkable work of art. It is one that can be watched over and over without getting old. Buster Keaton combines humor, drama and love, to bring movie to life, making the The Cameraman  one of the most iconic characters in film history. The slapstick comedy mixed with romance is a fine combination that any film lover will enjoy.

This isn’t a film for younger viewers, there is mild violence, mild nudity, mild cigarette smoking and a character dies when another character falls on it. This film was made LONG before MPAA ratings. Overall, this film is a masterpiece. 10+ 4.5/5

Eighth Grade (2018)



Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy drama film written and directed by Bo Burnham. The coming of age story follows the life and struggles of eighth grader Kayla Day (played by Elsie Fisher), during her last week of classes before graduating to high school. She has social anxiety but makes vlogs giving life advice.

This film, which almost has a documentary feel to it, deals with subjects that many teenagers face, such as social anxiety, fitting in, bullying, body insecurity, crushes, dating and sex. The main character is an awkward fourteen year old girl, with social problems, body problems and is a loner. She isn’t really skinny, has acne, doesn’t follow trends and has trouble making friends. She has a crush on popular Aiden Wilson, in the beginning of the film, she is afraid to talk to him, but towards the middle,  she finally works up the courage to say something to him.

Upon attending a high school shadow program, she meets twelfth grader Olivia, who shows her around the school. She gets Olivia’s number and they meet up at the mall. Kayla is having a good time, until she spots her dad spying on her and embarrassed, she asks to leave. Olivia’s friend Riley gives her a ride home late that night. He starts a game of truth or dare where he asks her about her sexual experience, takes off his shirt and asks her to remove hers. She’s refuses and he stops saying he was only trying to help her gain experience. She makes a video saying she’s going to stop making videos.

She also attends a party a rich popular girl’s house, Kennedy. Kayla is invited only because Kennedy’s mother forced her to. At the party she has a nervous breakdown in the bathroom but decides to go swim, where she meets Kennedy’s weird cousin Gabe. After trying to leave the party, she bumps into her crush, Aiden, who suggests that she stay. She grows brave and decides to sing karaoke.

This film isn’t exciting at all, in fact, I found it to be rather boring. It is relatable for many people and shows the ups and downs of being a teenager for many as well. Elsie Fisher did a really good job as Kayla Day, even though she was extremely boring and oftentimes too much of a coward. It was like she didn’t know how to have fun and was really naive about mature things like sex, parties and dating.

This was more like a really dull documentary. I understood the drama aspect, but not the comedy, nothing was funny. I don’t understand why such a banal film was so acclaimed, so award ceremony material. Yes, this film is realistic and selfsame for lots and it shows the good and bad of middle and high school, but that is it, nothing outstanding, nothing really spectacular, or truly moving. It is lackluster and didn’t deserve all the praise it received. I don’t see what all the hoopla was. Average film, that seemed like a film school student directed it. Bo Burnham should stop directing. I have seen other teen films, even documentaries that actually made me feel something, this one did not, but brought me back to being an awkward teenager with social insecurity again. Boring and unoriginal.  Needs some polishing up to be great. 18+ 2/5

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)



Velvet Buzzsaw is a 2019 satirical horror thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, John Malkovich and Zendaya. The film is about paintings by unknown artist being discovered and afterwards, a supernatural force seeks revenge on people that have allowed greed to get in the way of their art.

This film, that is considered a horror thriller, is more bizarre than it is scary. It has the darkness that Jake Gyllenhaal films have had before. It also has the dark feel of other Dan Gilroy film Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal is great as usual in the lead role of Morf Vandewalt.

The story of artwork done by an artist that suffered a troubled and abusive childhood that resulted in the murder of his father and the artist’s growing mental illness portrayed in his paintings, is both sad and disturbing. When a character in the film comes in contact with any of the paintings, unfortunate things happen to them. The paintings are obviously cursed.

Some of the events in this film are so weird, they’re dumb. A painting that can kill anyone that comes in contact with it, that make it and a gallery worker going missing and are never found again, paint that can burn a person to death, these are just a few examples of occurrences being so outlandish, that they’re stupid. Jake has been in other weird films too, Donnie Darko, Nocturnal Animals, Life and Okja, but this is probably the most bizarre.

The acting is outstanding, but some of the effects are pretty bad. The story is too strange for the majority of the film, that it’s very confusing, you find yourself scratching your head and saying, “What the  heck!?” Much of this movie doesn’t make any sense and being a Jake Gyllenhaal fan (as well as some of the other stars), I wanted to like this more, but it fell flat. I am disappointed that I had wasted very close to two hours watching this, just hoping it got better. Don’t waste your time with this one. 18+ 2/5

Classic of the Week: Driving Miss Daisy (1989)



Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd. The story is about Daisy Werthan, a 72 year old wealthy, widowed, retired schoolteacher, who lives alone in Atlanta, Georgia, except for her housekeeper Idella (Esther Rolle). When Daisy drives her 1946 Chrysler Windsor into her neighbor’s yard, her 40 year old son, Boolie (Aykroyd) buys her 1949 Hudson Commodore and hires Hoke Colburn (Freeman), an African American chauffeur. She at first refuses to let anyone drive her, but eventually goes along with it. After her housekeeper Idella dies in 1962, instead of hiring someone new, Miss Daisy decides to take care of the house herself and have Hoke do the cooking and driving.

This film examines racism against African Americans, which affects Hoke at the time. It also explores anti-semitism in the South. After her synagogue is bombed, Miss Daisy realizes that she is also a victim of prejudice. But America is going through social changes and she attends a dinner at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is giving a speech.

This is a wonderful film is filled with hatred, friendship and love. It shows that race, sex and religion, don’t matter if you’re a good hearted, loving person. It also shows that putting others first is very important. This film will make you angry, sad and warm your heart. It shows how not just African Americans and Jews lived during segregation, but also how they were treated.

At first, she is mean to Hoke, because he doesn’t do things to her liking, but eventually he gets used to her ways. Miss Daisy is wealthy, Hoke is not, but they become very good friends. Both are elderly, but they help each other out. They are two special people that are very different, but they end up seeing beyond that. Miss Daisy is a strict Jew, that never misses a church service, Friday night, Saturday morning and afternoon. Hoke isn’t used to cooking kosher, but eventually learns and grows used to it. You learn a good bit about the Jewish religion if you’re not part of it. You also learn how both Jews and Christians didn’t get along and how both were treated at the time. Hoke learns a lot about Miss Daisy’s faith.

Lots of happy and tragic things happen in this film. The acting from Tandy, Freeman and Aykroyd is magnificent. The story is wonderful from beginning to end. The film does have some pretty slow scenes, especially at the beginning, but it does pick up. This is a lovely, yet heart-rending film that never disappoints. 10+ 4.5/5

Beautiful Boy (2018)



Beautiful Boy is a 2018 biographical drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetaimes by Nic Sheff. The film stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierny and Amy Ryan. It deals with the strained relationship between a father and his drug addicted teenage son.

This film follows freelance writer David Sheff, who realizes his son Nicholas is missing, reappearing two days later. Seeing apparent signs of drug use, David takes Nic to a rehab clinic. Progress is made and Nic requests that he be moved to a halfway house, where there is less security and there is free time outside. Nic and his doctors agree. Days later, Nic doesn’t return home and David finds him in the street.

Time goes by and Nic has completed his rehab program, and seeing his improvements, David allows him to go to college on his own, to become a writer. Nic’s sobriety and freedom start off great, as he becomes a very good student and begins dating a classmate. However, at a dinner at her parent’s house, Nic finds a bottle of pills while snooping through their medicine cabinet. He takes one and goes back to dinner. After this incident, he relapses and this causes his girlfriend to break up with him. His substance abuse worsens, using the money his father sends him to buy heroin. David becomes suspicious of Nic’s behavior and begins researching drug use online.

Coming home, David senses that Nic is using again and Nic leaves feeling cornered from his dad’s behavior and questioning over his drug usage. David and Nic meetup and Nic asks his father for money to go to New York. Knowing what the money will really be used for, David refuses to give him a cent and Nic leaves furiously. David later gets a call from a New York hospital saying Nic has overdosed. He flies to meet his ex-wife, so they can get him out.

This film shows the horrible realities of drug and alcohol abuse and the affects it has on family and friends. It tells us why a person becomes an addict to begin with and shows us how hard it is stop and remain sober. You learn that addiction like this is a disease. It controls your entire body and life. It turns you into a terrible person, that not only hurts themselves, but everyone they know. They can’t live without another hit of that bad substance.

Nic does so many things from cocaine, crystal meth, heroin to hard liquor. One hit, leads to another and another, until he is whacked out of his mind. His father tries to help him, then gives up, then realizes his son needs him. With the help of his family, doctors, therapists and rehabilitation, he eventually cleans completely up, but the road to recovery wasn’t easy getting there. He fights againsts help, saying he doesn’t need it, because he doesn’t have problems. When he finally realizes he does have issues, he gets the boosts he needs to become that great person that has been covered up for far too long.

These books, along with this film are great at helping anyone that has been, is, or you know is an addict. They are eye-opening and do not sugarcoat anything, they tell and show it like it is. They are tough, but addiction is tough and one of, if not the, most hardest things to get through. Steve Carell is outstanding as father David Sheff and Timothée Chalamet is equally fantastic as his son Nicholas Sheff. They bring this tragic, but moving story to life. This film will change your life. It is powerful in every way. We need more books and films like these, because they are important, helping people with addiction to know they are not alone and that help is out there. Truly a great film with both harshness and heart. 18+ 4.5/5

Classic of the Week: Valley Girl (1983)



Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge and starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink, Elizabeth Daily Cameron Dye and Michael Bowen. The plot of this film is loosely based Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. 

Julie Richman is a Valley girl who seems to have it all: good looks, a good looking Valley boyfriend, Tommy, popularity, but she has second thoughts about her relationship with her selfish and pompous boyfriend. After shopping with her friends, she returns to Tommy and breaks up with him. Later, at the Beach, she notices a young man checking her out.

That night, at her friend Suzi’s house, she ends up locking eyes with Randy, a punk from Hollywood, who came to crash the party with his friend Fred. They hit off, especially after Julie realizes he’s the man from the beach. Tommy gets jealous and tries to sleep with Loryn. He fails and tries to get his pals to kick Randy and Fred out of the house. Randy sneaks back in, hiding in an upstairs bathroom. When Julie enters, he convinces her to leave with him. Julie brings her friend Stacy with them. While at a Hollywood nightclub, Julie and Randy grow closer.

Julie’s friends don’t approve of her relationship with Randy and convince her to get back with Tommy. She ends up dumping Randy. Heartbroken, he gets very drunk, makes out with his ex-girlfriend and nearly gets into a fight with a gang before Fred saves him. After Randy hangs around the Valley, to get a glance of Julie, Fred says he has a plan to get him and Julie back together and get revenge against Tommy.

This film is romantic and funny at times. It makes you sad, angry and smile. The modern Shakespearean style story makes it even better when combined with  romance and humor with drama and new wave music from the early eighties. The music from this film is absolutely perfect. Most people know Modern English’s “I Melt With You,” as pretty much the the film’s theme song.

Nicolas Cage is superb as Randy, so is Deborah Foreman as Julie Richman. The actors’ and characters’ chemistry is great and together they make both roles together absolutely perfect. This is the perfect date film in every way. Not one bad thing about this film, because it is perfect and so special, that not many other romantic comedies come even close to being as wonderful as this one. Cage’s and Foreman’s characters are so iconic, that trying to recreate them is nearly impossible. This film screams eighties greatness and it has stood the test of time, being one, if the best rom-coms of all time. It has it’s share of sadness, that turns to bliss. This film is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. A fantastic motion picture all around. 18+ 4.5/5

Greatest LGBT Films



  1. The Queen – 1968
  2. Black, White + Gray – 2007
  3. Looking: The Movie – 2016
  4. Signature Move – 2017
  5. Entre Nous – 1983 
  6. Edge of Seventeen – 1999
  7. The Broken Hearts Club – 2000
  8. Big Eden – 2001
  9. The Watermelon Woman – 1997
  10. I Killed My Mother – 2013
  11. The Sum of Us – 1995
  12. Reaching for the Moon – 2013
  13. Were the World Mine – 2008
  14. Antonia’s Line – 1995
  15. Shortbus – 2006
  16. Boy Culture – 2007
  17. C.R.A.Z.Y. – 2005
  18. Priest – 1995
  19. Bent – 1997
  20. Personal Best – 1982
  21. Concussion – 2013
  22. Heartbeats – 2011
  23. In & Out – 1997
  24. Sebastiane – 1976
  25. Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss – 1998
  26. Born in Flames – 1983
  27. I Love You Phillip Morris – 2010
  28. The Danish Girl – 2015
  29. Before Night Falls – 2001
  30. Burnt Money – 2001
  31. Water Lilies – 2008
  32. Trick – 1999
  33. Wigstock: The Movie – 1995
  34. Gia – 1998
  35. Closest Monster – 2008
  36. Happy Together – 1997
  37. Holding the Man – 2015
  38. Wild Reeds – 1995
  39. Noordzee, Texas – 2012
  40. Get Real – 1999
  41. Love Song – 2017
  42. The Birdcage – 1996
  43. Transamerica – 2005
  44. Go Fish – 1995
  45. Philadelphia – 1993
  46. G.B.F. – 2014
  47. Beautiful Boxer – 2005
  48. Handsome Devil – 2017
  49. Laurence Anways – 2013
  50. Monster – 2004
  51. My Own Private Idaho – 1991
  52. The Hours – 2002
  53. Circumstance – 2011
  54. Chuck & Buck – 2000
  55. Kiss of the Spider Woman – 1985
  56. Yossi & Jagger – 2001
  57. The Color Purple – 1985
  58. Mysterious Skin – 2005
  59. Beach Rats – 2017
  60. Fire – 1996
  61. Undertow – 2010
  62. Saving Face – 2005
  63. Other People – 2016
  64. Beginners – 2011
  65. Beautiful Thing – 1996
  66. Mulholland Drive – 2001
  67. Bad Education – 2004
  68. A Single Man – 2009
  69. Aimee & Jaguar – 2000
  70. Desert Hearts – 1986
  71. Boys Don’t Cry – 1999
  72. Show Me Love – 1999
  73. First Girl I Loved – 2016
  74. Keep the Lights On – 2012
  75. Princess Cyd – 2017
  76. My Life in Pink – 1997
  77. The Way He Looks – 2014
  78. Summertime – 2016
  79. Maurice – 1987
  80. Farewell, My Queen – 2012
  81. Chris & Don – 2007
  82. Brokeback Mountain – 2005
  83. The Normal Heart – 2014
  84. Being 17 – 2016
  85. Heavenly Creatures – 1994
  86. In the Family – 2012
  87. Stranger By the Lake – 2014
  88. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 2001
  89. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson – 2017
  90. The Duke of Burgundy – 2015
  91. Blue is the Warmest Color – 2013
  92. Weekend – 2011
  93. Appropriate Behavior – 2015
  94. The Celluloid Closet – 1996
  95. Pariah – 2011
  96. Grandma – 2015
  97. Victor Victora – 1982
  98. Behind the Candelabra – 2013
  99. Tomboy – 2011
  100. Gods and Monsters – 1998
  101. Dog Day Afternoon – 1975
  102. The Kids Are All Right – 2010
  103. Love is Strange – 2015
  104. Cabaret – 1972
  105. My Beautiful Launderette – 1985
  106. Paris is Burning – 1991
  107. The Imitation Game – 2014
  108. Longtime Companion – 1990
  109. Law of Desire – 1987
  110. Girls in Uniform – 1931
  111. La Cage aux Folles – 1978
  112. Love, Simon – 2018
  113. All About My Mother – 1999
  114. The Boys in the Band – 1970
  115. Tangerine – 2015
  116. The Handmaiden – 2016
  117. Dallas Buyer’s Club – 2013
  118. The Crying Game – 1992
  119. BPM – 2017
  120. God’s Own Country – 2017
  121. Victim – 1961
  122. Milk – 2008
  123. A Fantastic Woman – 2018
  124. Call Me By Your Name – 2017
  125. Moonlight – 2016
  126. Carol – 2015
  127. Viva – 2015
  128. The Children’s Hour – 1961
  129. Pride – 2014
  130. Sunday Bloody Sunday – 1971
  131. Parting Glances – 1986
  132. A Song of Love – 1950
  133. Mala Noche – 1986
  134. The Servant – 1963
  135. Y Tu Mamá También – 2001
  136. Boy Erased – 2018
  137. Tropical Malady – 2004
  138. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant – 1972
  139. Orlando – 1992
  140. Theorem – 1968
  141. The Times of Harvey Milk – 1984
  142. Far from Heaven – 2002
  143. The Miseducation of Cameron Post – 2018
  144. The Skeleton Twins – 2014
  145. Midnight Cowboy – 1968
  146. Death in Venice – 1971
  147. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – 1994
  148. My Best Friend – 2018
  149. Bohemian Rhapsody – 2018
  150. I Am Divine – 2013

Call Me By Your Name (2017)



Call Me By Your Name is a 2017 coming of age romantic drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, based on Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name. It stars Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Cassar and Esther Garrel. The film is set in northern Italy in 1983 and tells about a romantic relationship between 17 year old Elio Perlman (Chalamet) and Oliver (Hammer), 24 year old graduate student and assistant to Elio’s father.

The year is 1983 and it is summer. 17 year old Elio Perlman is a Jewish American living with his parents in Northern Italy. Elio’s father is a professor of archeology. He invites 24 year old graduate student, Oliver, who is also Jewish American to live with them over the summer and help with his educational work. Elio, an introverted avid reader and talented musician, at first thinks he has very little in common with Oliver, who has an easygoing personality. Elio becomes angry after having to give up his bedroom to Oliver and spends much of the summer playing the piano, reading and hanging out with his girlfriend Marzia. Elio grows annoyed when Oliver expresses being attracted to one of the local girls.

Elio begins a sexual relationship with Marzia and brags about it in front of Oliver to get a reaction from him, but finds himself progressively attracted to him. During a trip to the post office, Elio confesses his feelings to Oliver, who tells him he shouldn’t act in them. Later that day, they kiss, but Oliver is reluctant to go any further, so they grow distant.

After Elio leaves Oliver a note, stating he missed him, Oliver leaves one, telling him to meet him at midnight. Elio spends the day with Marzia, even having sex with her, that he eventually claims he didn’t enjoy, then he meets Oliver at midnight where the two kiss and have sex for the first time, while still keeping their relationship a secret. Now completely infatuated with Oliver, Elio begins avoiding Marzia, who eventually learns what has been going on.

You may call this film erotic, and it is, but it is also romantic, extremely sweet at times and sad at other times. Oliver may be gay, but Elio clearly isn’t, because he enjoys being girls too. Though the two eventually fall in love, they realize that their relationship is becoming strained because they have been trying to keep it a secret. Elio’s father finds out about them and rather than scold him, he gives him praise and encouragement and words of love. It is unsure whether his mother finds out or not.

In a way I feel Elio and Oliver were truly in love and in a way I feel as if Oliver was just leading Elio on. Elio was truly crazy about him and Oliver says and shows that he feels the same way, but it is hard to tell after the two part ways and Oliver returns to the U.S.

Both Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer are equally fantastic in this film. No other actors could have pulled off these roles, especially in the sexual scenes. Michael Stuhlbarg is great as Mr. Perlman. The scenery, the music and the romance is absolutely stunning. You the best of the early eighties and Northern Italy. If you don’t believe that love is love, then this film isn’t for you, but if you do, then you will thoroughly enjoy it. Everything about this movie is outstanding. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Not one moment is wasted. Wonderful, just wonderful. I can’t wait for the second book to come out this October and the sequel film coming next year sometime. Lovely, sweet, yet sad film, a true masterpiece that will stand the test of time. Love really is love no matter what. 18+ 5/5

Instant Family (2018)



Instant Family is a 2018 American comedy drama film inspired by a true story, directed by Sean Anders. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz, Margo Martindale, Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer. The film follows the story of a married couple that go through bad and good times when they foster three children.

This film shows the ups and downs of adoption and the foster care system, even though a bit of it isn’t completely accurate. The children, the two little ones, are elementary age and the oldest one, is high school age. This movie shows how tons of children grow up, taken from a broken home, thrown into the foster care system, where so many bounce from house to house, the lucky ones get a forever home. The couple in this film do a really good thing by taking in three foster children and trying to give them a better life, which is disastrous at first, but worth it in the end.

This film is both funny and heartwarming at the same time, but you also get angry at  times as well. Some things were a bit over the top, like the foul language the couple used, especially around the kids. The kids are brats at first, the youngest Lita, only wants to eat potato chips, the brother Juan, won’t eat anything green and the oldest Lizzy, sneaks around with an older guy and breaks the foster parents’ rules. The little ones, end up falling in love with their new parents faster than Lizzy, who at first, wants to go back to her real drug addict mother who is just using her, then she realizes that she has a better life with the Wagners.

Mark Wahlberg is outstanding as Pete Wagner and Rose Byrne is great as Elinore “Ellie” Wagner. All the child actors did fine jobs. Octavia Spencer was great as well as foster care social worker Karen.  Tig Notaro was really good as Sharon, also social worker for the foster care system. Margo Martindale, although her role wasn’t very big, did fine as Sandy Wagner.

This film will make you laugh, angry, and even cry. It will make you appreciate people that open their hearts to given unprivileged children better lives. Whether you want kids of your own or not, this film is worth it from beginning to end. It will also make you love children even more, even the most difficult ones, because there are kindhearted people that can raise them to be better human beings. Highly entertaining film. Cute and funny. 13+ 4/5