One of my favorite things in the world is when after an amazing kidless vacation and you are on your way home to see you kids and you know you really should do something productive because you have been avoiding your responsibilities. All. Week. Long.  So you promise that after one last glass of rosè at a bar you order while waiting for your takeout salad for the plane you will get on that airplace, get in flight internet and get sh*t done.  Promise. Really.

Then, you are on an airplane without WiFi.  Dang.  But does have free movies.  And free headphones.  And those awesome cookies.  So you decide to give in and just throw yourself one more gift.  Three and a half more hours of kidless, mindless entertainment with no guilt.  Because, you know, you have no choice.  #score

I reluctantly paged past the new movie chronicling the break up of Brangelina {I mean, I don’t want to spoil my People waiting for me at home} and stumbled by Gifted.  My sister in law had mentioned it being fabulous and the main character looks like my niece so I figured I should give it a go.

OMG – fabulous!  The little spunky lead is what we mamas describe as “spirited” and read books and blogs and ask enough over and over how much of this “spirit” is “normal”.  We quote them on Facebook and always end with an #eyeroll emoji, but while we type we are smirking in pride.

We pray they hold on to enough to maintain in adulthood, but loosen up just enough to stay of out the principals office.  I did, indeed, see my awesome niece in all her sassy glory in that movie and also saw my ginger daughter; I was hooked.  This spirit literally is one of my favorite things people can possess.

Now, besides the darling spunky lead, the main character is so easy on the eyes it is hard to take your eyes off him.  He is rugged like Ryan Gosling and sounds like Harry Connick, Jr.  #doublethreatguy #yummy.  I feel like I have seen him before.  {Googled.  Yep.  Hello Captain Amercian.  #loveamaninuniform}

Oh, and you find out he is smart – really smart.  His vocabulary is beautiful {I always had a thing for sharp and witty guys, True story, I had a crush on Ben Stein in college because I loved his voice and thought this intelligence was hot #nerdsrule}.   I had to rewind how he talked to the 7 year old with advise that is good enough to have embroidered on a pillow.

Some of my favorites:

{Talking about Faith}: “(You) should have faith, it is a good thing to have.  It is about what you think, feel, not what you know.”

{Talking about God}: “Jesus?  Love that guy – you should do what He says.”

{Talking about Thinking for Yourself}: “I don’t know.  But I have an opinion and I could be wrong so why would I should I screw up yours.”

{Talking about Thinking for Parenting}: I was in way over my head.  Every day I would say ‘Today’s the day I am taking her to child services, and every day she would do something so unbelievably cool.   Her personality was exploding.  She was funny, she was angry and she was happy and she was sad.  She was cute.  So damn entertaining so I kept her.”

Bottom Line:  Great movie to watch alone or on a date night.  To see folding laundry or drinking wine.  Just a great movie.  Fabulous content for us parents trying to do our best.  You laugh, you cry, you can relate so much!  Not with the raising of a genius {at least not me thus far, who knows, youngest is 2} , but of how we just try our damnedest to make sure they don’t grow up to be as*holes.  To make sure they stick up for that kid on the bus that is getting teased and that they stick up for themselves, just not at the expense of their respect for elders.  And that they try to be good and real and themselves.

See it.  See it soon.

Gifted is a 2017 American drama film directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn. It stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer. The plot follows an intellectually gifted 7-year-old who gets caught up in a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother. The film was released on April 7, 2017, by Fox Searchlight Pictures .  #thankswikipedia

xoxo, BC

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