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November 27, 2013

Saturday Night at the Movies #90 – In a Better World

Filed under: Movie reviews — Mike Kueber @ 7:52 pm
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In a Better World found its way to my viewing queue because it won an Oscar in 2011 for Best Foreign Language film (Danish).  The award was well-deserved, with an excellent story dealing with several absorbing issues, most especially bullying.  The middle-school bullying is rather typical, but the bullying of his dad goes to another level, with the dad being a strong, self-confident, do-gooder guy who believes in turning the other cheek.  It’s interesting seeing a seemingly perfect guy being unable to help his kid deal with the bullying problem.  A secondary, less interesting storyline involves a second middle-schooler who has anger issues because is unable to deal with the cancerous death of his mother.  And finally, a tertiary storyline involves the do-gooder trying to reconcile with his estranged wife following his inexplicable cheating.

Put these two kids and their three parents together, and you have an excellent movie.  The Rotten Tomato critics are 77% favorable, and the audience is even better at 86%.  I agree with the audience and give it three and a half stars out of four.

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