"I would even call to say I'm not calling."
That's about how I feel right now. I can't quite think of a good blog, so I feel like I'm writing this to say I'm not writing.
It's a line from the movie Dan in Real Life, by the way. I would have to say that it's becoming one of my favorite movies, because I enjoy it more every time I watch it. It's one of those movies that whenever it's on, I just can't stop watching, even if I just saw it not that long ago.
I have to wonder what it is that I like so much about it. It's funny, for one thing. Steve Carrell is playing a widower with three daughters, one of whom is very melodramatic. I think it's hilarous when she calls him a "murderer of love" for making her boyfriend go back home after sneaking to see her while they are at a family reunion.
I also like the picture of family that is portrayed. Family is awkward, and often dysfunctional, but it can also be fun. I really enjoy watching the parts when the whole family is having a crossword puzzle race, and when they have the talent show together. I like seeing the comraderie between them, probably because that what I hope to see among my children someday. I hope we can do those kind of things.
Another part I like is at the very end, when Dan (a newspaper columnist) writes to his readers that they should "plan to be surprised", which I think is very good advice. Life doesn't always go they way we expect it to, but that isn't a bad thing necessarily. Sometimes what we get is better than what we thought we wanted.
If you haven't seen it, go see it! If you have seen it, go see it again! If you saw it and you didn't think it was that great because you were thinking Steve Carrell would be playing a character like Michael of The Office, give it another shot. I guarantee, it will be better the second time around.