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All My Life – Review
All My Life – Budget of $25 million – 1 hour and 31 minutes
Sol and Jennifer cross paths but never see each other until she walks into a sports bar with friends on their way to dinner. David approaches Jennifer and her friends with two of his friends. Before David can start his crushed pinky toe story, Sol walks away to get more drinks, and Jennifer isn’t far behind. The two talk and laugh about the appropriate amount of time to stare, playing the odds, and UFC. Sol invites Jennifer to go running the next morning. During the run, Jennifer gets a cramp. She admits to Sol that she hates running. They end their run, and Sol takes her to the local merchants’ market. Jennifer meets Sol’s friend that owns a food truck. Jennifer discovers Sol, a digital marketer, has a passion for cooking. She asks Sol to cook for her now. Or never. As time goes by, Jennifer can see Sol’s not happy at his job, but he wants financial stability. So she asks Sol to move in and lighten his financial load. Even though they are living together, Sol worries he can never be a chef because he didn’t go to culinary school. Jennifer has a bright idea. She invites their friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. By the end of the night, Sol puts in his 2-week notice. Now, Sol is a chef at Gigi’s, Jennifer’s cousin’s, restaurant and is in love. So much so, he proposes to Jennifer, and she says yes. She can’t wait to spend the rest of her life with Sol, but that time could be cut short. Sol’s stomach pains have worsened, and a biopsy revealed cancer. When Sol falls apart, can Jennifer keep him together?
Inspired by a true story, it doesn’t take much to see where this film goes. Reminiscent of 2 Hearts, this movie isn’t a tear-jerker but a warning to live and do better. You will feel Sol’s pain when his medication’s side effects takeaway his prized sense. As his life slips away, he loses one of his passions. In a state of self-sacrifice, he wants to give Jennifer an out. But she refuses. Her love for him goes before and beyond wedding vows. Each character has a poignant moment, whether it’s in the car or the bathroom. You know the pain of impending doom is there. With all their pain, they inspired so many that they were able to Go Fund their wedding. This is a love story that accomplished more in a short time than many do in a lifetime.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
People will just see a widow in white – Sol
I’m not an elitist like you. I am a foodie of the people – Jennifer
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Half Brothers – Review
Half Brothers – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 36 minutes
In 1994, Renato and his father, Flavio, loved to spend time together being mischievous. Renato considered Flavio to be his best friend. They played with remote-controlled airplanes, annoyed the townspeople, and solved riddles. Then, the Mexican market crashed, and the work dried up. Flavio left his wife, Tere, and Renato to make money in America and send it back to them. Renato watched Flavio walk away and never saw him again. Today, Renato is a highly respected engineer that runs a thriving aeronautics company. Now, any mention of America infuriates Renato. Then, he gets a call from Katherine, and she tells Renato that she and Flavio are married, Flavio is sick, and they are living in Chicago. Katherine asks Renato to visit Flavio before he dies. Renato has no plans to visit his father because he is getting married in 5 days and he doesn’t want to see him. Pam, Renato’s fiancé, tells him to see his father and make peace because it may help him connect with his future stepson, Emilio. With Pam’s encouragement, Renato flies to Chicago to see Flavio. Flavio is overjoyed to see his son again, but Renato feels only pain. Then another man walks into the room. Renato remembers him because he tried to bum $2 from Renato at the coffee shop. As recognition sets in, Renato can’t believe what he heard, the man called Flavio ‘dad.’ Flavio introduces Asher to Renato. Flavio wants to explain what happened to him to Renato and Asher, so Flavio created a scavenger hunt to tell his story. Flavio tells his sons ‘Eloise’ has all the answers and hands them an envelope with the name Evaristo on it and a key inside. Renato refuses to play this game, so he goes back to his hotel and sleeps. In the middle of the night, Katherine calls. Flavio died. Renato goes to Katherine and Flavio’s home and sees pictures of a happy family that doesn’t include him or his mother. Renato calls a rideshare and prepares to leave, but Asher tries to stop him. Pam convinces Renato to go on the scavenger hunt to get the answers Flavio couldn’t give, but he needs to be home in time for their wedding. What’s the worst that can happen?
This not-yet-buddies comedy packs a lot of emotion in less than 2 hours. When Renato sees Asher, he sees everything he hates about American and his father. He feels Flavio left his mother and him to start a new life with a new family. Renato became successful but can’t make a connection with his eccentric future stepson. Asher, on the other hand, wishes he could be Renato because Asher always felt weird and out of place. Asher feels his father gave up on him when he didn’t like planes or soccer. Both men want the father the other had. And Flavio’s clues lead his sons on a journey to learn what happened to him and why he stayed in America. He never excuses his actions. Flavio only explains and asks for forgiveness.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
Man, I didn’t even want the wall – Asher
I didn’t flee here – Renato
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