And, no, there's nothing wrong with your brain. That's Matthew McConaughey and Kate Beckinsale, two people who, by 2003, were already legitimate, working actors. They didn't need a paycheck, neither was hurting for work. They just saw the script and said "Finally," and then they made this heavy-handed, deadly serious movie about What to Expect When You're Expecting (A Midget Baby). And you know what? I love it so much. The Trailer The trailer guy voice makes it seem like a romantic comedy. Do not be fooled. This is a drama.
Characters Matthew McConaughey plays Steve, a Matthew McConaughey-esque fireman-teacher, who oscillates between resenting his dwarfish ancestry and defending his people with the fervor of some kind of midget-loving Toussaint Louverture. He has anger management issues, but we don't get any indication of that until the last 20 minutes of the movie, and even then he doesn't even seem to be that angry. Highlight: In a particularly heated argument, Steve is mad that Carol refuses to use the word "dwarf" when describing their child. Offended, or maybe just crazy, McConaughey passionately yells, "Our son is a dwarf. I'm a dwarf!" This ends the conversation. No elaboration, no explanation, just a yelled "I'm a dwarf" and Kate Beckinsale cries, like that was her biggest fear the whole time.
Kate Beckinsale is Carol, an artsy free spirit. When she sees Steve's midget brother for the first time, she's horrified and confused, as if she's never seen a midget before (which is absurd, because we've all had those nightmares). She has lots of questions, but they all seem to presuppose midgets are aliens.
Those are actual lines from the movie. And even when she gets her answers, it's clear that she still doesn't consider dwarves to be actual people. When she meets Matthew's dwarf parents for the first time, she openly admits that she's considered not keeping the baby specifically because "