Saturday, January 28, 2006


Dear Frankie
Rating: *****

This seems like it could be a stereotypical "gotta find a dad for my son" movie, but it isn't. It really has a lot of depth to it, and it does not end in the way I expected, which I appreciated. I won't reveal the ending, though.

Frankie is a nine-year-old deaf boy who lives with his mother and grandmother because his father is "away at sea." His mother writes letters to her son pretending to be his father. Then the boat his father is supposedly on docks in their town. The mother then hires someone to pretend to be Frankie's father.

The story is very moving and is more about Frankie's relationship with his mother than about the imaginary father figure. The end is very moving, and this movie is well-worth watching.

Garden State
Rating: ***

This is a movie about a straight-laced guy and a fun-loving woman who fall in love. It's a little more complicated than that, but the ending is predictable. I recommend it. It's good fun.

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