Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dan in Real Life

So a couple of weekends ago I stumbled into my neighborhood Blockbuster to rent Cole a "me me" that Cole speak for Movie. He wanted Bee Movie.. again. I should just buy the darn thing already. So I perused the store looking for a "me me" for me. I settled on Dan in Real Life.

I was pleasantly surprised. Poor Dan from the opening scene I could sort of relate to the schmuck. Sleeping on his designated side of the bed- waking up in the morning and looking longingly at the other side. I was shaking my head at this point muttering to myself- "Dan move on over to the middle... it makes things a lot easier.." Dan is sleep deprived or disturbed (again I can relate) and is doing laundry and packing lunches long before any of us have even thought of pressing the snooze button. Dan is a single Dad. His wife having died some years earlier.

Enter a road trip with his three daughters for a long weekend at Dan's parents' house where it seems Dan has more brothers and sisters than I care to count. So Dan's mom sends him out- Dan needs a break and while at the neighborhood book store- Dan meets" the one"... and it all becomes this bizarro love triangle.. complete with Dan's own version of "Let my love open the Door.." and well I won't spoil the surprise for you but at the end of the movie.. Dan says something I find somewhat profound (okay not profound but I liked it) He says "what do we tell our kids when they are talking about their plans for their life... we should tell them to plan on being surprised.." Yep. Right you are Dan in Real Life I should have planned on being more surprised... things certainly haven't turned out the way I thought they would- but I can't help but think something better is just around the corner. " Plan on being surprised.."