Every year, it’s our personal responsibility to pick a movie that is suitable for every member of our family. It’s a pretty tall order. And after years of misfires (we’ll never live down Death to Smoochygate of 2002), we’ve found the perfect film.
It’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, one of our more unusual man crushes.
Based on the short story by James Thurber (which we remember being much more enjoyable than Beowulf), the movie is a heartwarming action rom-com, if we dare attempt to categorize it.
With a stellar cast (Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine and Adam Scott) at his side, the tale of the super meek Mitty unfolds as his frequent daydreams fade into real-life adventures with epic locations and eye-popping effects.
It’s laugh-out-loud funny in moments and stressfully tense in others, but suitable for just about anyone with a pulse thanks to its warm, gooey center.
No gratuitous foul language. No exposed titties. And no explicit sex scenes.
We’ll get enough of that in family home movies over pumpkin pie.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Opens Christmas Day