Dear February: Screw You and Goodbye

February kicked me squarely in the balls and I’m more than happy to see it gone. But now it’s sunny and baseball season is around the corner and the cloud of late winter in Michigan is lifting. I’ve got CALIFORNICATION on the TV while I wait to go pick the kids up from my parents who had them for the weekend. It’s nice every month or so that my sister and my parents take the kids so Becky and I can have some time to ourselves. Though this weekend was was more Becky and I doing stuff on our own which was it’s own special delight.

One of the highlights of the evening was getting out to see a movie in the theaters. This is something I love to do and something I don’t get to do nearly enough so any chance I get for that is excellent even though the movie itself wasn’t that good.

When I first saw previews for IDENTITY THIEF I thought it looked cool. And even as I heard rotten reviews coming back from people I trusted, I still wanted to see it. I have a pretty high tolerance for crappy movies so I didn’t think that would be a problem. It didn’t hurt that the last movie I saw in theaters was the latest Die Hard movie, which was awful, so the already low bar had been dropped even more.

And in many ways the movie was good. The story was good, the actors were good, and the set-up was well done. The structure was okay, though obviously a ripoff of every other road movie, and I enjoyed it. Until the end. This is one of those movies that is an absolute victim of third act trouble. The tone of the movie changes, the characters started doing things incredibly out of character, and the plot got increasingly harder and harder to believe. It was all tied off in a sappy feel-good ending that didn’t fit with anything else the movie had set up to that point. So all in all, it was a great lesson for how badly a bad ending can affect a movie.