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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

The ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is Worth the Trouble

Review of "Hunt for the Wilderpeople"
Julian Dennison and Sam Neill star in Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Orchard)
MOVIE REVIEW
You might not recognize the name Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen. He is writer and director of the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows and will be directing the upcoming Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnorak. In between the two he has spent his time writing and directing the New Zealand adventure comedy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
 

Based on the book, Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump, Hunt for the Wilderpeople tells the tale of Ricky (Julian Dennison), a juvenile delinquent that “nobody wants” but is given a new chance of life when he moves in with his new foster parents Aunt Bella (Rima te Wiata) and Uncle Hector (Sam Neill) who live basically in the middle of nowhere. Aunt Bella loves the boy but Hector just wants the boy to get out of his hair. When a tragedy strikes, Ricky runs away in the bush and gets himself lost. After Uncle Hector finds the boy, they discover that local authorities believe that the old man had kidnapped the boy and a national manhunt is called for. Hector is worried, but Ricky is just thrilled that they have become famous.

It is part road comedy, part Odd Couple and part coming of age film. Ricky and Hector couldn’t be more different and yet the two need each other. The prevailing message is “You don’t trade family for anything.” Neill of course is excellent as the crotchety old man and Dennison is surprisingly good as a kid who’s reputation is worse than he really is. It should be mentioned that Wiata almost steals the show as the loving aunt with cat-faced sweaters who can wrestle a wild boar like nobody’s business. Rhys Darby has a small but notable role as “Psycho Sam” who is found in bush and Waititi himself plays the part of a minister who’s words of comfort could use a turn up.
 

The film is rated PG-13 mostly for language. If you are okay with that, it can be a fun film to watch with your young teens. They’ll appreciate the adventure and you’ll appreciate the humor. Overall, it is a very fine film with a lot of heart, but it is uneven in spots. The story introduces some characters that don’t seem to serve much purpose and some scenes drag on a little too long. The filming of New Zealand is beautiful but the choice of music is questionable sounding more like the music track from a bad 1980s film. As a foreign film, it has a different tone to it than most American films but the story is universal: You don’t trade family for anything.

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