Charity begins at home!
By a customer
, 20 Jun 2010
I'm afraid I couldn't quite understand Kate's character (Catherine Keener) at all.I couldn't understand her guilt about buying furniture from people whose family had died to sell it on and make a profit, or her odd compulsion to give everyone who looked like a homeless person money (even if they were not homeless!!) or her overwhelming need to volunteer to prove how good a person she is, only to look silly by sobbing her heart out when she got to volunteer!!I have to be honest, I disliked this character very much, I found her very flaky.Instead of being grateful for what she has in life, she beats herself up with guilt clearly under the faulty belief that she shouldn't have so much.
She seemed to be a pitiful human being despite the sucessful exterior.She is completely out of touch with her family:her husband has an affair with the neighbour's grand daughter, for no other reason than the fact that she flirted with him, her daughter is constantly in conflict with her,because she sees her mum give other people she considers undeserving, money and she can't get her mum to even buy her her expensive dream jeans that in her mind would be everything she ever wanted!!There are other characters that come into the story however I didn't quite understand why they were in the story to begin with.
The turning point is when the neighbour dies (she was an unpleasant old lady) and I think Kate realises that life is so fragile that perhaps real charity begins at home with her own family and those closest to her.As lofty as this theme might be I found this movie pointless to watch, which is why I have given it a 2 star.
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