What can I say? You leave the theatre sighing and, if you're lucky, a tingle down your spine. This is an Everywoman movie and the writing was just superb. Since someone else took care of the plot description, I can focus on what was so special about this film. I went to it purely for Nathan Fillion's part in it and was blown away by Keri Russell. I had never been a big fan of hers; I was neutral about her and I hadn't seen her in much. She IS this character. Funny, heartbreaking, smart, stuck, honest, and lonely. The chemistry between Russell and Fillion was smokin', but so was her chemistry with everyone else! Her scenes with Andy Griffith could melt any "chick flick" cynic out there!
Okay. Yes. I admit that I love Steel Magnolias, Mystic Pizza, Because I Said So, Beaches, Ya Ya Sisterhood, Practicl Magic, Thelma and Louise, Charlie's Angels, etc
This should not immediately discredit me from being an unbiased reviewer. I find movies like The Notebook and Bridges of Madison County too maudlin. I like movies like Rush Hour, Serenity, and Demolition Man just as much.
I guess what I'm trying to say in a very circuitous way is that this movie does fit into a genre. It's romantic, dramatic, funny, sad, quirky, dark, and uplifing. The use of pies as a segue is great and I don't even like pie!