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I highly suggest watching this movie. Tom Hanks was brilliant and so was the supporting cast. Mariana Trevino had a wonderful performance in this as well. This movie made me smile several times, tugged at the heart strings more than once and watching it has been a great way to end 2022.

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Enjoyed the book, eager to see the movie.

Saw it last night and thought it was very well done. There are some differences from the book in the details, and the movie naturally loses Frederik Backman’s quirky humorous writing style, but it’s true to the story and the cast did a great job.

Mariana Treviño stole the show IMO. I loved every minute she was on screen.
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This movie is being marketed terribly.  The commercials make it look like 90 minutes of Tom Hanks being a crabby asshole.  Doesn't look very appealing, but now I'm rethinking this.  

Think of it like Gran Torino, but more uplifting and minus the violence.
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I loved the book.  There is a Swedish film adaptation (2016) of the book by the same name 'A Man Name Ove' and it was terrific.  This version got a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Will have to check out the Tom Hank version.

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1 hour ago, Go Pokes said:

This movie is being marketed terribly.  The commercials make it look like 90 minutes of Tom Hanks being a crabby asshole.  Doesn't look very appealing, but now I'm rethinking this.  

This. I have absolutely no interest in watching a cantankerous old Tom Hanks grumble about the youths of today. This movie seems like the manifestation of "OK Boomer". 

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4 hours ago, wild_turkey said:


Think of it like Gran Torino, but more uplifting and minus the violence.

It also made me think of Gran Torino. But as you said, more uplifting and minus the violence. It's hard to know who will go and see this film. It does feel more directed to an older audience. There were 3 other people in the theater when the wife and I saw it, and they were older than us, and we're up there. But I loved the movie and it does make me want to now see the Swedish version. 

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My wife's twin sis (no pics) has been raving about this movie for a few days now, telling people that Otto reminds her soooooo much of her dad (he was an asshole) and what she thinks her husband (aggy asshole) will be like in 20 years. 

Somebody's gonna have to post a pretty fucking spectacular review to make me even consider wasting 90 minutes of my life on this.

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8 hours ago, immamac said:

Going with the wife tonight. 

went with wife this afternoon. We had to be youngest couple in there.  LOL.

Enjoyed the movie.  First 30 minutes was like watching what I imagine I will be like at that age.  I loved his internal struggle of "well fuck these people,"  versus, "Hey dumbass, you know the right thing to do."

Good story.  it will get dusty.

GOTJ- there's a viable love story in there.  Otto would go see Twilight too.

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On 1/13/2023 at 1:26 PM, Go Pokes said:

This movie is being marketed terribly.  The commercials make it look like 90 minutes of Tom Hanks being a crabby asshole.  Doesn't look very appealing, but now I'm rethinking this.  

 

On 1/13/2023 at 2:48 PM, irishtexan said:

This. I have absolutely no interest in watching a cantankerous old Tom Hanks grumble about the youths of today. This movie seems like the manifestation of "OK Boomer". 

That's only the hook, or the intro. IT's a lot deeper than that.

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10 hours ago, GhostOfTomJoad said:

My wife's twin sis (no pics) has been raving about this movie for a few days now, telling people that Otto reminds her soooooo much of her dad (he was an asshole) and what she thinks her husband (aggy asshole) will be like in 20 years. 

Somebody's gonna have to post a pretty fucking spectacular review to make me even consider wasting 90 minutes of my life on this.

It's better than Twilight. Isn't that good enough for you?

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On 1/13/2023 at 1:26 PM, Go Pokes said:

This movie is being marketed terribly.  The commercials make it look like 90 minutes of Tom Hanks being a crabby asshole.  Doesn't look very appealing, but now I'm rethinking this.  

Shit, I was looking forward to that part.

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I went with my mom and uncle for a belated birthday present. I enjoyed it. It was a little long and drug in a few places (hence why sometimes it’s ok to shorten a film unless you want to tell it like a miniseries.) my uncle was crying. Tom Hanks gave a nuanced performance that I enjoyed and I really loved the main female character. I’d see it again. It sounds like it had gotten decent word of mouth. 
 

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My aunt is in an Alzheimer’s home so I think he related a lot to Otto losing his wife and trying to navigate his life without her. 

 

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