'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

This Day in Pop Culture for September 6

Jeff Foxworthy was born on September 6, 1953.

Jeff Foxworthy is Born

It was on this day that Jeff Foxworthy was born a “red neck” in Atlanta, Georgia in 1958. For years, Foxworthy’s claim to fame was being a stand-up comedian and uttering the phrase, “You might be a red neck if…” Since that time, he toured with the Blue Collar Comedy team, starred in his own sitcom, hosted three TV shows including the more recent American Bible Challenge and has done various voicework. Foxworthy has been married to his wife since 1985 and has led a bible study for homeless men for years.

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