Monday, 30 September 2013

Billboard Dad (3½ Stars)

Tess and Emily Tyler are twin sisters who live in the coolest place on Earth: Venice, California, close to the beach. They can do all the fantastic things that girls like to do, like swim, surf, roller-skate and most of all check out hunky boys in swimming trunks. Okay, so the girls are only 12, but if they wait too long they'll be too old to find a boy.

The only negative part of their life is that their Dad, a successful sculptor, is still pining over his wife who died two years ago. The girls want him to be happy again, so they put his name, address and photo on a giant billboard over Sunset Strip saying he's single and available.

An Amazon editor calls the Olsen twins the "pre-teen queens of the dead mom genre". That's cute. But now that I come to think of it, I've never seen a mother in any of their films. That doesn't detract from the fact that this is a fun film for the whole family. Parents should watch it with their children to help the family bond. If you're a single Dad you'll wish you had daughters like these. If you're a dead Mom you'll shed a tear and miss your little girls.

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