Man With a Van
One of the most hilarious films of all-time, Man With a Van is a hilarious follow-up to the financially disastrous Argyll and Costello Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life. With the same sort of inscrutable American innocence that defined the earlier film, Russell Brand plays the self-described Van Man, a man who travels back to modern-day New York City, where he falls in love with a young lady who works in a theater. Instead of saving her, he decides to run off with her in order to save his failing company... But will they be able to save their marriages or could Van Man destroy his family and his livelihood along the way?
When you think of Michael Caine, you probably think of the actor in his iconic scenes of A Few Good Men, in which he is the role of a criminal who is about to get executed by the authorities. In Man With a Van, though, Caine plays Robert "Bob" Wurzelbacher, an honest former moving truck driver who knows what it's like to handle people's possessions - and of course, the Van Man himself. As the film progresses, we get to know more about this unusual man himself, who has an enjoyable time doing so. He even ends up getting away with his cousin after being informed that the authorities want to inspect his trucks. When two people that are crossing the border choose to stop at his home, things turn from bad to worse.
Brand portrays the role of the one man who's not afraid of getting his hands dirty - literally. After letting two moving movers take a swift retreat out of his home Brand is given his own vehicle to complete the remainder of the job. The two movers are impressed by his capacity to complete the task quickly and effortlessly, and even allowing the two trucks that he uses for the move to violate a few laws (one of them relating to the dimensions of the fronts of his vehicles). When they offer to help him out, Bob realizes that he has more going on within his own life that he thought. But despite all of that, he's still committed to helping people and making life better for other people.
Meanwhile, a disturbed little girl called Beth is having a tough adjustment to her new life. She's always being targeted, but she's also very uncertain about her previous experiences and what she's likely to become in the new place. She tells her family about moving to Man With a Van, but they don't believe her claims and soon she becomes frightened of the town. The two movers from the previous move help her out of a jam after they discover that Bob's involvement in the move. They are able to save Beth and make her feel safe in the new city.
Over time, Bob develops feelings for the local girl. Beth starts working with him and they end up falling in love. Then, the unthinkable happens which puts their love on the back burner because Bob is fired from his job at the newscorp.
I would definitely recommend this book to someone who has been in a similar situation similar to Bob. It's an excellent read due to the fact that it's so realistic and believable. It's not an uplifting story as most novels are, however, it's full of adventures and great lessons. This isn't your run-of-the-mill thrilling experience either. There aren't any cute sidekicks, as well as numerous twists.
I'd suggest this book to anyone who likes humorous situations and who likes an exciting plot. If that sounds like you, then this book is certainly worth taking the time to read. My personal favorite was the moment the time that Bob and Beth were able to decide to live in the van of one of their friends. The whole thing caused me to laugh many times. I also think the plot was enthralling. I didn't have any major issues with the plot, and I was captivated throughout the entire book.
Overall, this was a fun book. It's realistic , and I believe that people would recommend it. Travel enthusiasts and are interested in adventure and simply want to see how other people deal with life in a funny sort of manner should definitely go through Man With a Van by Paul Therien. It's a short and enjoyable read with a good storyline.