Tuesday, August 19, 2014

year 3 Day 103

movie: The Love Guide (aka  Sunny Side Up)
starring: Parker Posey, Christy Scott Cashman
genre: Drama, Comedy
year: 2011
format: Netflix Canada

plot: A farming couple are selected to be part of a reality tv show called "Cut the Crap", with a spiritual guru. At first, they don't think it is right for them, but along the way they not only learn to connect with each other again, but the tv crew find something they were missing.

This was a sweet cute movie that was more drama then comedy. You have two camps happening here, the serious farmers who don't realize they are missing something in their lives and go on their personal journey, and the goofy over the edge tv crew who don't realize they are missing some stability. 
It's a little slow going, but I think that was intentional. The whole idea is that this force of chaos lands in a town that is almost at a stand still. The whole point seems to be about finding balance and self worth.

There is a character in this, the show's director who keeps trying to "ground" everyone, by forcing them to play by the rules of modern television, and keeps telling everyone to give up the new age stuff and be more Springer. His character though minor, stands out to me as a voice everybody hears whenever they are about to do something fun, eventful, adventurous or life changing. He keeps asking for drama, but keeps failing to see that there is more there then meets the eye.

This could have easily been one of those stories with the crazy sister/aunt who comes to visit and teaches everyone life lessons and to loosen up, but by making Posey's character a reality tv star, I think it added an element and layer to it. And ironically made it a very modern film given how formularic the plot really was.

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