Recommended Movies/TV

Big Fish, PG-13, 125 minutes, 2003

A young man (Billy Crudup) grows up in the shadow of a larger-than-life father (Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney) who lives a life of gusto. The father has shared a lifetime of fanciful tall tales, and his adult son wants to find out the truth before it's too late. This delightful, and sometimes fanciful film, portrays the deep love relationship of the father and his wife (Jessica Lange), the complicated love relationship between the father and son, and the father's steadfast love of life. The movie was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Motion Picture. My husband Dale and I have watched it twice and will likely watch it again in the future.

Downton Abbey, NR, BBC Masterpiece Theatre, 60 minutes per episode, 2010 – 2016

This British drama about an upper class family and their large assortment of servants begins in 1912, the year the Titanic sank. It’s a much talked-about hit in the United States and is one of PBS’s biggest television successes. The upper class family members include Lord Grantham, head of the household, his American wife played by Elizabeth McGovern, and their three spirited young-adult daughters. While the series shows the marked contrast between different economic classes, it also shows how alike they are when it comes to the daily struggles of life. While the wealthy family members upstairs are dealing with their challenges - finding their place in the world, falling in love, navigating personal insecurities, jealousy and betrayal - their servants downstairs are dealing with the same things. 

Flipped, 2010, Rated PG, 90 minutes

From director Rob Reiner comes a multigenerational family saga about the highs and lows of love. Juli and Bryce meet in second grade and it's love-at-first-sight for Juli but not for Bryce. They wrestle with the challenges of adolescence as their parents deal with their own assortment of issues. Aidan Quinn, Rebecca De Mornay and Anthony Edward co-star. Netflix calls it a romantic comedy but Dale and I call it a sweet and touching light drama. We liked it enough to rent it a second time in order to review it for you. It portrays the dilemma we all face at one time or another: will you be true to yourself even though it's out-of-sync with people who are important to you - your peers and your family.

Hitch, PG-13, 116 minutes, 2005

Alex “Hitch” Hitchens (Will Smith) coaches his clueless clients on making a great first impression so they can get to the second date and beyond to true love. In the meantime, he meets his possible love match (Eva Mendes) and forgets everything he knows. In addition to laughable moments, the characters show us how to transcend the fear of intimacy, and misperceptions about who can fall for whom. Dale and I enjoyed this fun, romantic comedy.

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