Starring: Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O’Connell, Celia Weston, Sarah Hoffmeister, Aidan Brennan, Chloe Lee, Katrina Begin
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Romantic drama directed and co-written by Andy Tennant. The story centers on young widow Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes), who is struggling to raise three children on her own. However, a powerful storm brings a devastating challenge and a mysterious man, Bray Johnson (Josh Lucas), into her life. In just a few short days, Bray’s presence re-ignites the family’s spirit, but he also carries a secret, which could change everything.
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Our Favorite Quotes:'We have to be careful, because we get what we expect.' - Bray Johnson (The Secret: Dare to Dream) Click To Tweet 'The more you think about something, the more you draw it to you.' - Bray Johnson (The Secret: Dare to Dream) Click To Tweet 'I'm open to the possibility that whatever happens, even the bad stuff, can lead to better things.' - Bray Johnson (The Secret: Dare to Dream) Click To Tweet
[referring to the hurricane]
Tucker: The weather guy says it’s going to miss us, but…
Miranda Wells: You can never be too careful.
Tucker: So you think I should?
Miranda Wells: What? Board up? Absolutely. Look, no matter how bad things are, they can always get worse.
Bray Johnson: Well, anything is possible if you really want it.
Bray Johnson: I’m looking for Miranda Wells.
Greg Wells: You from the bank?
Bray Johnson: Can’t say that I am. No.
[referring to the envelope]
Greg Wells: She’s at work right now. You can leave it with me. I’m her son.
Bray Johnson: I kind of figured that. Well, the thing is, I’m afraid this comes with a little bit of an explanation.
[referring to Miranda]
Greg Wells: Oh, and when you see her, don’t tell her we spoke. I’m not supposed to talk to strangers.
Bray Johnson: Your secret’s safe with me.
[whilst she’s driving Miranda goes to pick up her ringing phone]
Missy Wells: You’re not supposed to be on the phone.
Miranda Wells: I wasn’t going to answer it. I just want to see who it was. I’m expecting a call from the bank.
Missy Wells: It says Carol.
Miranda Wells: That’s the bank.
Missy Wells: Oh, my God. You’re on a first name basis with the bank?
Miranda Wells: Please, stop being so dramatic.
[as Miranda and Missy are arguing suddenly Miranda hits the car in front]
Missy Wells: Oh, my God! Mom! You’re like the worst driver in the whole world!
Miranda Wells: That’s because no one else in the entire world has you as a passenger!
[after hitting Bray’s car]
Bray Johnson: Well, looks like you got the brunt of it.
[Miranda angrily kicks her bumper off]
Miranda Wells: There goes my deductible.
[Miranda kicks at her broken bumper again in anger]
Bray Johnson: Hey, hey, hey. Don’t waste your insurance on this. If you just have a little duct tape, and spray foam, I can fix this.
Miranda Wells: I can’t ask you to do that.
Bray Johnson: You didn’t. I offered. My dad was a mechanic.
[referring to Bray]
Missy Wells: He’s not going to sue us, is he?
Miranda Wells: Nope.
Missy Wells: Why is he taking our bumper?
Miranda Wells: Because he’s offered to come over to fix it.
Missy Wells: You’re letting him follow us home?
[after Bray follows Miranda back to her house]
Bray Johnson: You know, I realize I never got a chance to introduce myself. Bray Johnson.
Miranda Wells: Miranda Wells.
Bray Johnson: Miranda, nice to meet you.
Miranda Wells: Yeah. No, not really. But I appreciate the gesture.
Greg Wells: Mom, what happened to the bumper?
Miranda Wells: Karma.
Missy Wells: What’s for dinner? Wait. Let me guess. Red beans and rice, or microwaved chicken nuggets, and a salad.
Miranda Wells: What would you prefer? Lobster tails?
Missy Wells: Wouldn’t you?
Bess Wells: I want pizza.
Miranda Wells: Not tonight, honey.
[referring to Miranda]
Greg Wells: You got to admit. You coming out here looking for her, then she runs into you? It’s pretty weird.
Bray Johnson: Is it?
Greg Wells: Yeah. Because, you know, what are the odds? Or maybe she’s just a lousy driver.
[after she burns the chicken in the microwave]
Miranda Wells: I guess it is red beans tonight.
Bess Wells: Pizza!
Greg Wells: Yeah!
Miranda Wells: Guys, that’s not going to happen.
Missy Wells: Poor people can’t afford pizza.
Miranda Wells: We’re not poor. We’re broke. There’s a difference.
[to Bray as the rain water starts leaking through the roof]
Miranda Wells: Nice, huh? It’s our little version of Singin’ in the Rain. With pots.
Bess Wells: Wind scares me.
Bray Johnson: Well, nature can be very powerful, but so are you.
Bess Wells: Me? No way.
Bray Johnson: Oh, yes, you are. But we have to be careful, because we get what we expect.
[referring to the magnet]
Bray Johnson: Which attracts things, with a force that you cannot see, but is definitely real. Your thoughts work the same way. The more you think about something, the more you draw it to you.
Greg Wells: Okay. So, this is me thinking about pizza.
Miranda Wells: Are you really being serious right now?
Bess Wells: I like when the cheese is all melted and gooey.
Bray Johnson: And what about you?
Missy Wells: Pepperoni and sausage.
Greg Wells: Ooh. And stuffed crust. That’s what makes it.
[just then there’s a knock on the door from a pizza delivery guy]
Pizza Guy: Okay. I’ve got a medium cheese and medium pepperoni with stuffed crust for Miranda Wells.
Miranda Wells: Did you do this?
Bray Johnson: Don’t look at me.
Miranda Wells: You got the right name, but we did not order those.
Pizza Guy: A guy named Tucker called it in. He even left a tip because of the storm.
Miranda Wells: That was so nice. Thank you.
Missy Wells: [to Bray] Are you like a Buddhist or something?
Miranda Wells: Missy, what kind of question is that?
Missy Wells: I don’t know. You just seem different.
Greg Wells: Unlike mom. Always stressed.
Miranda Wells: I’m not always stressed.
Greg Wells: You so are!
Missy Wells: [to Miranda] You’re exhausted the minute you wake up.
Bray Johnson: Okay. Alright. I see how it goes. Everybody gang up on mom, who works all day, and has friends like Tucker. And if it wasn’t for her, you guys would all be eating microwaved plastic.
Miranda Wells: Yeah. What he said. Cheers.
Bray Johnson: Cheers.
Missy Wells: You guys are funny.
Bray Johnson: And, no. I’m not a Buddhist. I just, I’m open to the possibility that whatever happens, even the bad stuff, can lead to better things.
Missy Wells: Not in this house.
Bray Johnson: About today. I just want to say that everything was, I don’t know, really unexpected.
Miranda Wells: Yeah. I never thought I’d say this, but it was a pleasure running into you.
Bray Johnson: You have quite a family.
Miranda Wells: Thanks. They’re good kids.
[after the hurricane causes a tree to break through the roof of their house]
Bess Wells: But why does this always happen to us?
Miranda Wells: We’re unlucky, I guess.
Bray Johnson: Are you all okay?
Miranda Wells: I swear. My whole life is like that gut feeling that something really bad is going to happen, and then it does.
Bray Johnson: You know, things don’t have to be a series of unfortunate events.
Miranda Wells: Well, it sure as hell feels that way.
Bray Johnson: I know, but I’ve found that when I think about what I want instead of what I don’t want, my life is just so much better.
Miranda Wells: You’re one of those people who wakes up happy, aren’t you?
Bray Johnson: Let me help.
Miranda Wells: How? With more magic foam?
Bray Johnson: I just renovated this nice little Tennessee farmhouse. This won’t be a problem. It’ll just take time and…
Miranda Wells: And money. Both of which I don’t have.
Bray Johnson: Not as much as you think.
Miranda Wells: Why are you helping me?
Bray Johnson: Well, because I can.
Miranda Wells: Okay. You’re hired. But only because you brought me coffee. Thank you.
[referring to Bray]
Missy Wells: What’s he doing here?
Miranda Wells: He’s fixing the roof.
Missy Wells: How? We’re broke, remember?
Miranda Wells: I don’t know. Magnets.
[referring to Bray]
Bobby: Who is this complete stranger that you are trusting your home with?
Miranda Wells: Not everyone is a serial killer, Bobby. I mean, he’s a college professor for goodness sake.
Bobby: Well, you can’t be too careful these days.
Miranda Wells: The only thing of value in that house are the kids, and they’re coming with us. So I’m just going to believe that he’s not going to screw us, and he’s going to do the best job he can.
Miranda Wells: Have you met people lately?
[referring to Bobby]
Bray Johnson: She seems worried about you.
Miranda Wells: Well, we’re all used to playing defense around here. But I appreciate what you’re trying to do.
Bray Johnson: What am I trying to do?
Miranda Wells: Give us hope. But I am trying to raise my kids to be realistic.
Miranda Wells: Their father was a dreamer, and apparently that’s genetic, especially with Greg. And I just want to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground.
Bray Johnson: Roger that.
Miranda Wells: And your next question is about my husband, but you’re too polite to ask. He died just over five years ago.
Bray Johnson: I’m sorry, truly.
Miranda Wells: Me too. He’s really missing out.
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