Okay, I am not usually a movie reviewer, but I will recommend this one flick my kid found on Netflix for our family to watch tonight. I never heard of it before and was surprised by it.
Is it the greatest movie ever?
No. Far from it.
Is it realistic in my street experience?
No… not really.
I have seen fights on the streets, but nothing like this. I have seen homeless men make friends of other homeless men, but not like this. And the whole diary angle is pretty far-fetched. But…
But, time and time again, I have heard homeless men (and a few women too) say they are looking for connection with others. They want friendship. The yearning for true friendship is real. The unrealistic way Willie (Thomas Haden Church) goes about seeking friendship nevertheless depicts that deep yearning of the heart which I have found expressed time and again.
The surprise ending, just when Willie rejects a manipulative offer of Jesus’ saving grace, will bring it all HOME for you if you care to watch. And for that, I will give the flick my two thumbs up.