The Visitor

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This past weekend was one of the rare occasions that Steph & I got to see an entire movie. Really! Like, we sat down on the couch and watched a WHOLE movie on Saturday night! We decided to just forego the making of a meal, save some time and grab some takeout at the Indian  place which we really like here in Maynard. For the record, she had Butter Chicken. I had Lamb Dosa and Chicken Chaat.

There is a big challenge in picking movies these days. Before kids, you could roll the dice and rent something and if it was bad, no big deal. Not now. Oh, no. You have to make sure it’s a movie you absolutly want to see. Or a movie recommendation from a friend whose movie taste you implicity trust. Nothing feels worse than being able to see a movie like once every six months, then to have that movie be a dud (sad trombone, anyone?). Luckily, a friend of Steph’s recommended “The Visitor.” The basic plot is that of a depressed windowed college professor, basically living out his days, who travels to New York City to attend a conference. He finds a young couple, who turn out to be illegal immigrants, living in his apartment. That’s all I’m going to say about the movie, because you need to see it.

Let it just be said that most often, it’s these less heard-of movies that really hit you most and think about how you live your life and use your time. It also makes you think quite a bit about the U.S. Immigration Policies, especially in a post-9/11 world. The lead part is played by Richard Jenkins, one of those guys like John C. Riley who you recognize from 50% of the movies you see but you can’t remember a single damn movie title that he’s been in. He was nominated for an Oscar in the leading actor role for this film and he was spectacular!

This was a Verizon Fios On-Demand movie, so I assume it’s available on most On-Demand systems. See it.