Get Low, a good movie
I fully recommend this movie. You can read the synopsis elsewhere. I won’t summarize the story here. I’ll tell you why it’s a good movie. It stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Bill Cobbs, and Gerald McRaney. The cast is top-rate, and they do the story justice. (Apparently, this is based on a true account.) There is nothing casual or lazy about these actors. They present their characters in ways that are both familiar and new. The writing and production are well done. The story is compelling. It is both serious and humorous. But the humor is not comedic; it is the irony of human nature, the contrast between how we see ourselves and how others see us, and how life itself brings out the truth. This is believable. The viewer can relate to the angst and struggles of the characters. This is a story of failure and grief, of sin and forgiveness, and hope, with emphasis on the common human experience. It is rated PG-13. (I did not find anything obscene or offensive. There is no sexual violence, no gratuitous violence.) Instead of seeing the rating as a prohibitive guideline, perhaps it should be used as suggestion that parents do watch this with their children. It is a good story about the need to reckon with our own failures in life and how grace brings people together. It is a vital lesson for young and old alike.
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