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Man With a Van
One of the funniest films of all time, Man With a Van is a hilarious sequel to the financial disaster Argyll and Costello Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life. The same clueless American innocence that defined the latter movie, Russell Brand plays the Van Man, the eponymous Van Man, a man who travels back to the present day New York City, where the two meet an attractive young woman who works at a theater. However, instead of helping her, he decides to leave her to help him save his struggling business... But are they able to save their marriage, and if they do, will Van Man destroy his family and his livelihood along the way?

If you think of Michael Caine, you probably imagine the actor in his iconic sequences of A Few Good Men, where he plays a bad guy who's about to be executed by authorities. In Man With a Van, however, Caine plays Robert "Bob" Wurzelbacher, a shrewd former driver of a moving truck who understands what it's like to manage people's possessions as well as the Van Man himself. As the movie progresses, we get to know more about this peculiar man who ends up having quite a good time doing it. He also gets out with his cousin after being informed authorities are looking to inspect his trucks. However, when two moving trucks that are crossing the border choose to stop at his house, things turn from bad to worse.

Brand is the only man who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty - literally. After letting two moving companies make a quick retreat out of his home Brand is given his own truck to handle the remaining work. The two movers are impressed by his capability to get the job done quickly and efficiently, even getting the two trucks that he uses for the move to violate some laws (one of them relating to the size of the front of his vehicles). When they agree to assist him, Bob realizes that he has more going on throughout his day than he thought. Yet, despite Man with Van , he's still committed to helping others and making life better for others.

In the meantime, a troubled little girl called Beth has a hard time adjusting to her new surroundings. She's always being targeted and is also disoriented about her life and what she's going to become in the new city. She shares with her family the story of moving from the city to Man With a Van, but they doubt her stories and she quickly becomes frightened of the new town. Two movers from earlier come to help her out of a jam once they learn of Bob's involvement in the moving. They save Beth and making Beth feel secure in her new place.

Over time, Bob develops feelings for the local girl. Beth starts working together, and they fall in love. Then the unthinkable happens, the relationship gets put in limbo because Bob is fired from his job at newscorp.

I would definitely recommend this book to someone who's been in a similar position like Bob. It's a great read because it's so realistic and believable. It's not an uplifting story like most books, but it's packed with excitement and valuable lessons. It's not your typical thrilling experience either. There aren't any cute sidekicks, and too many twists.

I'd recommend this book if you're someone who likes humorous situations and who likes an exciting plot. If that's the case, then this is definitely worth taking the time to read. My personal favorite was the moment when Bob and Beth made the decision to live in a van that belonged to one of their mutual friends. The whole thing made me laugh out loud many times. I also think the plot was enthralling. I didn't have any major problems with the plot or the characters and it kept me hooked from beginning to end.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. It's a realistic read and I think readers would strongly recommend it. Travel enthusiasts or who enjoy adventure and want to know the way other people handle life in a humorous sort of way must definitely read Man With a Van by Paul Therien. It's a quick enjoyable read with a quality plot.