With some of us on crazy schedules and all of us attached to some electronic device or another (ahem, except me, of course... -hides laptop and smartphone-), finding time for quality family bonding can be pretty difficult. One thing we do try and make time for, when our schedules permit, is family movie night.
We were pretty jazzed when we were offered the opportunity to see an early viewing of the P&G movie Truth Be Told (premiers Saturday, April 16th at 8e/7c). Since summarizing isn't exactly my forte, I'm going to go ahead and pass the gauntlet to the official web site for a moment to give you the synopsis:
When leading marriage counselor Annie Morgan (Candace Cameron Bure) is offered an opportunity to host a relationship talk show, she jumps at the chance. But fearful that being single might ruin her big break, she conspires with an old college friend and recent widower, Mark Crane (David James Elliott), to pose as a married couple with kids. Their story starts to unravel when Annie and Mark join her eccentric soon-to-be boss (Ronny Cox) for a weekend at his ranch in New Mexico. Comical misunderstandings mark the event as Annie struggles to keep up the ruse, finding herself emotionally invested and conflicted by her own conscience. Will she confess the truth about her marital status and her feelings for Mark... and will the truth set them free?
It's a really cute family movie with good character dynamics and "teaching moments". The story line's a little predictable (if you've seen any of the "rent-a-family" type Christmas movies), but then, I don't really see that as a bad thing, especially when the movie serves as a channel for bonding and discussion.
Especially if you have younger kids, it's a really good conversation starter and an easy way to open up on the topic of lying. I was always taught growing up that small white lies ("You look great!") can sometimes be beneficial, if they keep people from getting hurt... but lies that can hurt people or are only told for your benefit (to avoid getting in trouble or--in this case--to get a great job) are wrong and will only come back to hurt you in the end. What do you tell your kids about the different types of lying?
The official P&G/Walmart Family Movie Night Facebook page is here--enter a sweepstakes to win an LCD TV! And don't forget to tune in to FOX on April 16th to see the world premiere of Truth Be Told!
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a movie kit to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.