November 27, 2012
Cute and funny movie worth watching - but read the book AFTER
The book, like most books movies are based on, is way better. The movie could never live up to the book because the book spends a whole lot of time inside Pat's head. And that's actually a good thing. The movie has to deviate from the book in order to capture any of the book's spirit. The movie captured Pat and Tiffany's personalities. Unfortunately, the other characters don't fare so well, especially Nikki, who we get to know real well in the book.The movie does NOT capture the utter devastation Pat's mental illness has wrought on his life. In the book, Pat was in the institution for FOUR YEARS, not 8 months. His mother gets him out because he's showing no improvement, and brings him home to see Dr Patel, who is the best Doc in Philly. Pat THINKS he's only been in the facility of 8 months. The move DOES do a good job of making you like Pat as he tries to make himself a better person, even when he fails. And the actors do their jobs fine.
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