The one I loved was LARS AND THE REAL GIRL. (You can watch the trailer here.) This film is simply brilliant. Not for the kiddies, mind you, but a tender, loving look at psychological pain and how the supportive love of community–Christian community–can bring healing. Plus, it’s funny, with several laugh-out-loud moments. A perfect blend of pathos and affection.
I found myself disappointed in Juno–and as an adoptive parent, I was hoping to cheer from the rooftops for this one. I did love how Juno learned that her twelve-week-old unborn child had fingernails, and how she made the choice for life. If I tell you what I didn’t really care for, I’ll spoil the ending, so I’ll hush up now . . .
I did come away with a renewed appreciation for the traditional adoption process–the one that includes a homestudy and a thorough examination of the adoptive parents’ marriage, stability, etc. Most animal rescue groups do at least that much, so shouldn’t we do as much for children?
Anyway, I liked the movie, but I so wanted to love it.
But Lars and the Real Girl . . . that one’s a gem. And it wasn’t in very wide release (in my area, anyway), so Netflix it or do whatever you must to check this one out. It’s amazing. Spot-on characters, inner tension, and a protagonist you can’t help but root for. I loved it.