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Review: A Man Called Otto

What can I say about “A Man Called Otto” that may not have already been said? I don’t know.

The film produced by Rita Wilson and starring her husband Tom Hanks is an emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you thinking about life.

Hanks plays Otto Anderson, an older man who is facing some of life’s biggest hurdles: losing a spouse and losing a job. On top of that he now has to deal with new annoying neighbors (Marisol and Tommy, played by Mariana Trevino and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, respectively) when all he really wants to do is end it. Thank goodness for those new annoying neighbors.

Through the film we watch Otto’s life unfold through his younger self (played by Hanks son Truman Hanks). We watch him meet his wife Sonya (played by Rachel Keller) and the world they build together. The viewer sees the friendship he forms with his neighbors. Through all that we know that although Otto is currently an angry old man, he wasn’t always that way. He may be set in his ways, but he has his reasons. And he does care. More than he wants you to believe. The only one who truly figures him out is Marisol.

“A Man Called Otto” hits you right in the heart and holds you there for two hours. But it’s not a bad hold. It’s a good hold. One that will leave you wanting to care more and more.



I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!