Ben Stiller plays a 48-year old man undergoing a mid-life crisis, driven by a feeling that the idealistic career choices he made as a young man have left him with considerably less wealth and status than his friends from college. However, a college-scouting trip he takes with his high school senior son to Harvard and Tufts universities helps him reconnect with his youthful idealism, and give him a much-needed epiphany about what truly defines success in life. An entertaining movie with an easily relatable theme. As an added bonus, an Indian character plays a pivotal role in the movie.
That hate begets hate (and anger begets anger) is an adage that has been told in literature, and proven by history for centuries. This movie is that same adage retold, this time, in a quaint mid-western town. That's all this movie is about. Frances McDormand, and Sam Rockwell, both of whom were awarded last Sunday with Oscars (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Supporting Actor) are who make this movie really worth watching, with magnificent performances that lay bare the complications of human nature.
Occasionally, I get tricked into watching a movie after I see it in a "Best of the Year" list. This was one such movie. Connoisseurs of horror movies may love it, but since I find movies of that genre to be too goofy (this one being no exception), I regretted watching it.
Perhaps the only Saudi movie I have watched. A nostalgic and pointed criticism of the direction civil society has taken in Saudi, interspersed with an endearing romantic comedy about two ordinary individuals. Both my wife and I loved this movie. A window into life in that country one would not usually get the chance to see.
A tightly written and very entertaining comedy about an inter-racial romance, set in Chicago. Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in a dramatized version of his real life relationship with his wife Emily Gordon (who also wrote the screenplay).