Review: Salmon Fishing In The Yemen {Great Movie}

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Monday night Pete and I went on a date. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. We went and saw a movie and then rush back home. I’m sure there are some laws against calling it a date when you are running to the theater and then running to get home, but it was still fun! Thanks to a great PR rep… we got to see an early screening of Salmon Fishing In The Yemen so  that I could share my thoughts with you. I had heard that this was a “chick flick” so I prepped Pete that it might not be his favorite movie. He’s definitely more of an action guy than a romance guy, but he’s a good husband and came along.

This movie ended up being nothing I expected. I’ll say this right now, I loved it. I felt transported to another time and place. There was humor when I almost wasn’t sure if there should be humor, but it really worked. I laughed and I rooted for things I shouldn’t have… but they were the “right” decisions. It’s hard to describe just how funny this movie is without spilling the beans…

There were scenes of pure beauty that literally had you wishing you were fly fishing in the middle of a bubbling stream surrounded by shade trees, even if you are allergic to fish and can’t swim. Then there were tender moments {not too sappy for guys though} that made you question the true meaning of life and how you wanted to spend it…. all while laughing!

Here’s the run down on the movie story line:

“From the beloved director of Chocolat and the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of SlumdogMillionaire comes the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A visionary sheik(Amr Waked) believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrichthe lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendlydesert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turnthe dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’sleading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd andunachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Kristin ScottThomas) latches on to it as a ‘good will’ story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on theline and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.”

Re-Cap: See this movie. Don’t take your kids {adult humor that might make you blush}. It’s totally acceptable for the guy in your life. He’ll like it.

My vote: Don’t bother, Rent it, See it in the theater! Totally!

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets to an advanced screening of this movie by a PR company. The above review is my personal opinion.

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.