I know I shouldn't have watched it, but I was on a plane and had finished my novel and everything else was worse or I had already seen it. You're right, I should have just re-watched Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Life as a House has already been made, right? We've already seen a film in which a rebellious and horrendously annoying teenager spends the summer with his estranged father who is dying of cancer? And he finds love and becomes fond of his father and does some astounding and beautiful project and then is suddenly generous and not at all a jerk and stops wearing black all the time?
And, even though this film starred Hayden Christensen, it was pretty good, if emotionally manipulative and soppy? And it was in the least credible that someone would be attracted to the main character, because at least he was good-looking and not insane about turtles and could, if pressed, have some semblance of normal conversation?