Answer Man--A Movie Review and Viewer's Thoughts
I love romance movies because of the focus on the relationship between a man and woman and the various expectations. Some romance movies have comedy aspects and therefore are called rom-com's. The rest are mostly romance drama, and a few are romance action. Most movies generally have some chemistry between a man and a woman so as to develop the characters in a movie or to entice women to seeing the movie.
Recently, I saw "Answer Man" (2009) starring Jeff Daniel and Lauren Graham. I did not know what to expect because I am not used to seeing love interests whose ages seem to be quite different and especially this one where the male lead is known to have a relationship with God. Jeff Daniel plays a crotchety famous author named Arlen Faber who published a series of books called "Me & God." However, his behavior toward his doorman, his publisher, a man who owns a bookstore, and other people he encountered during the day seem unremarkable for a person who claimed to have had messages from God. At odd with his claim of talking to God is his extreme anger, explosive behavior, and isolationist attitude (almost like his relationship with God made him superior). However, when his back problems worsened and he went to see a chiropractor, he meets Elizabeth, his back doctor played by Lauren Graham, and his behavior is totally angelic, and beautiful advice flow from his mouth.
Even in the presence of Elizabeth he exhibits odd behaviors. One example was when he invited Elizabeth to his home, and he showed her his collection of monsters that he collected with his father who passed away from Alzheimer's disease but would not even allow a single figurine to be out of place. Even Elizabeth thought it was odd that the placement of the figurine was much more significant than the moment that they were to kiss.
The best moment in the movie was when the two went for a walk and they talked about rules that they live by.
Elizabeth: Now I only have three rules: don't take advice from someone you wouldn't trade places with, try not to do something you can't take back, and something is what it is and it's not something else.
Arlen Faber: I forget my rule, but I think it has something to do with Square Dancing.
I do enjoy movies where I am made to think. Elizabeth's first rule seems good but it is flawed. Sometimes the best advice comes from someone who is suffering more than you. The other two rules seem pretty good to me. At this moment she seems together as a single mother, but she really lives in fear and doubt.
I recommend this movie. It was entertaining, and I was engaged in the dialogue.
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