Review: ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ defines toxic positivity

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‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ proves toxic positivity is indeed a thing.

If you’re a millennial like me, chances are you’ve had the best selling book from Rhonda Byrne shoved down your throat at one point or another.

It’s a book with one simple rule: think good things, and good things will happen to you.

The Plot

The movie follows Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes), a widowed mother of 3. As if that wasn’t horrible enough, her husband died in a plane crash – and she no longer has enough money to support herself and her 3 kids. To make matters worse, a tree crashes through her roof during a hurricane, presenting Miranda with a whole new series of financial challenges. All is not lost though, because Miranda soon meets the charming Bray Johnson, played by all- American good guy Josh Lucas, who’s positive outlook on life changes Miranda’s world in more ways than 1.

This is a generic paint by the numbers romantic film, that gradually declines with increasing laziness and obnoxiously manipulative storytelling, that ends up being just a glorified commercial for the book this movie is based on. It’s clear that the only objective director Andy Tennant had while making this glorified commercial, was to let us know how great our lives would be if we would just read the Secret. I expected more from the guy who directed Hitch.

Between ‘Dare to Dream’ and ‘Brahns: the Boy 2’, Katie Holmes is having a terrible year.

Then again, she doesn’t have much to work with.

She’s a very cliche and shallow character that’s only as smart as the plot allows her to be. Of course, it’s not until she meets her night and shining armor (Josh Lucas), where Katie Holmes’ luck starts to turn around.

Josh Lucas’ character in this movie is basically ‘The Secret’ personified. Hi character is not only good looking and charming, but he’s also a very wealthy professor. This film makes it pretty clear you’d got to be an idiot not to believe in the law of attraction, a point they beat you over the freaking head with.

If only Josh Lucas didn’t smile so much.

Josh Lucas (left) smiles his way through mediocre faith-based film

The Verdict

There is an audience for this movie, I suppose. I just don’t know who that is. It’s not exactly a faith-based film, but it’s pretty damn close.

Here’s a secret: You could skip this movie.

3.4 out of 10

 

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