I happened upon this when I was browsing Netflix and I ran out of movies to watch. It’s one of the few Jessica Alba films where she plays a very low key character, Mona. She is a math teacher at an elementary school. She is very introverted and “anti-social”. She’s very close to her father and they used to spend a lot of time together when she was little until he got sick. It is not quite clear what he is sick with but apparently his illness renders him incapable of living normally. It’s some sort of mental illness which I wished they would have explained. It would have been less confusing. He has stopped working and functioning normally. This illness has affected how Mona lives her life.
Mona is quirky and very quiet. She keeps to herself and she has a thing for numbers. She sees numbers in anything and everything. She relies on numbers to keep her sanity. She even gambles with numbers in a sense. One example is when she thinks that if a certain number shows up then her father will get well and feel better. She gives up all the things she loves in life because she thinks it’s not fair that she is enjoying life and her dad isn’t. She and her dad used to run but she has given that up because he can’t run anymore. She stays at home and doesn’t work. Her mother has told her to get a job but Mona just won’t leave her dad’s side.
One day her mother just gets so fed up that Mona is throwing her life away and kicks her out of the house. She helps her get a job at a local school where she meets an unconventional science teacher. It’s your typical girl meets boy story but with a weird twist to it.
I enjoyed watching it and it was a nice change from all the overly dramatic and gross films and shows out there. I really liked the flow of the movie and the characters were very like-able.
Satisfaction Factor: 7
Would I recommend: Yes
*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.