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Saving Sarah Cain (2007)
Well done movie. Great soundtrack!
Michael Landon Jr. is great at writing for his core audience. My wife and I loved the movie and even my 8-year-old came in and started watching it. It has solid acting (*except* for Elliot Gould, IMO), especially for children in difficult roles.
I can't believe that a movie of this quality was originally made on a cable network budget! The soundtrack is among the top 5 that I have ever heard. It really captures the emotion and drama and features some great modern but sensitive tracks by Mark Mckenzie featuring a couple outstanding tracks by Sixpence None The Richer and Barlowgirl. I rarely say "Wow, that was a great soundtrack," (last time was The Mission, I think) so it really stood out, especially since TV movies usually have lousy soundtracks.
If you like Michael Landon Jr.'s other movies (or the typical "Hallmark" movie), you will love this one.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
If you like movies with plot, characterization or any other literary or film-making quality...
SKIP THIS MOVIE... If you spontaneously burst into laughter when people are cruel to each other, then you will have a great time. I don't think cruelty is funny, so I found myself in the "I would rather watch paint dry" category.
If you think people (over)acting like the most annoying people on earth is funny, you will love it. If not, you will want to gouge your eyes out like me.
It's really that simple. Anyone who thinks this movie has any acting, storytelling or film-making talent is being too generous. It doesn't. If you want to relive the worst days of your high school experience and all the annoying people you left behind, go right ahead. Have some fun.