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The Watchlist: IF

Can you remember your imaginary friend?
Fri 17 May 2024


Bible reference(s): Matthew, Mark, Luke, John


Russ Matthews & Laura Bennett discuss the film IF directed by John Krasinski and starring Ryan Reynolds. They explore the concept of imaginary friends and how it relates to faith and the need for support beyond ourselves. The film delves into the importance of imagination and curiosity in both childhood and adulthood. While it may not be what viewers expect from a Ryan Reynolds film, it offers a heartfelt and thought-provoking experience for the whole family.

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Film Summary: Bea (Cailey Fleming) has gone through the highs and lows of her young life, and at the age of 12, she has left behind childish things and has attempted to grow up. Yet, she is confronted with her past and the realm of fantastical creatures that inhabit the lives of children around the globe, IFs (Imaginary friends). When she returns to live with her grandmother while her father (John Krasinski) is in hospital, the young girl meets Cal (Ryan Reynolds), the neighbour who lives upstairs, trying to match old imaginary friends with new children. The pair go on a journey to meet and connect these whimsical and loving creatures with those who need their love and care.

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