By Doc B (Michigan)
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When I first saw the title of this movie, I thought it was just going to be one of those love stories, of the kissy face type. He falls in love at first sight, and she falls for him, and they live happily ever after. This movie caught me off guard. It managed to touch some heart strings, and brought out some very deep emotions I thought were buried for a long time. It is not often that a movie can bring an outcome to this extent. So I just had to share this with you.

After about 15 minutes into the movie I was hooked. Yes it is a love story, but with a twist. Ira Collins (Alan Alda) is the story of his wife Ruth. (Oona Chaplin). It brought out a fantasy that most people can relate to. I think the fun part of the movie was watching Sophia (Britt Robertson) making a complete turnaround from the plans she had had for her life. That she worked so hard for, all in the name of love.

I like how Ruth had had such an impact on the kid Daniel McDonald (Floyd Herrington) that she so desperately wanted to keep, and raise, for the kid to turn out as a professor in an Ivy League college. Can only be construe as how someone can really make an impact in the outcome of one’s life. The director George Tillman, Jr. was brilliant of making this come across in the way he did. A true inspiration and I applaud you sir.

I can relate to the rodeo parts, due to it was something I did when I was an adolescent. Should-a, could-a, would-a, who knows what could have happened if I had stuck with it. It’s a very true sport, and one of the hardest life styles of any sport. You get beat up in that sport, more so then any other I know of. Football, Rugby, and Auto Racing fall into rough sports also. But there is none other than Rodeoing, where something like a bull attempts to kick your head off, or gore you with a horn, while trying to get you off their back before that 8 seconds is up. Then there’s getting off that bull. Fun! Fun! He will charge you, stomp you, and try to thrash you.

This is not the typical love story. I loved the ending, it would be anyone’s fantasy ending. Strongly recommend watching.

 

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