The consensus was the movie was not far from the book and was exactly what we all expected; a Lifetime melodrama (not that that is a bad thing).
Here are few thoughts from my book club ladies:
"I thought the movie was a bit more believable than the book at the beginning in that they made it seem more like a kidnapping and the single mom wasn't just bringing home a random convict to expose her child too. I wasn't very impressed though. All my questions of why and how that I found very strange about the book and made me feel like huge sections of information were missing still existed in the movie. The fact that this all happened over a weekend makes it pretty hard to swallow."
"Followed the book well... except for making him actually kidnap them. Very " hallmark channel"."
Not a five star rating, obviously. I don't think Kate Winslet deserves any acting nods, for this was not her finest hour. In fact, most of her nervous being bothered me even though I totally understood it. It seemed forced, overly dramatic.
Josh Brolin's character was right on; the brooding, misunderstood, "I've come to save" you hunky handyman. The scenes where his story was told in flashback form I thought would be a bit confusing to those who did not read the book.
I liked how innocent the son was. I didn't think it needed to go into his issues with his sexuality and growing up.
Overall,we had a pleasant time hanging out and seeing something new, something we probably would not have gone to see otherwise.
We didn't love it and we didn't hate it.