Frank Mollard is a real estate agent who lacks the rather crucial quality of enthusiasm when it comes to his work, so it's no surprise that he struggles to sell property despite the market being the best it's been in years. But he has enough problems in his personal life to contend with; he's struggling being alone after a heartbreaking divorce and he's desperately at odds with his teenage son. One day, however, a much needed source of comfort arrives in the form of a phone call. The woman on the end claims to be his mother, and she does sound remarkably like so - only his mother died a year ago so it couldn't possibly be true. It turns out to be a wrong number, but Frank still decides to visit the mistaken woman, Sarah, enamoured by her familiar voice and missing his mother now more than ever. He has dinner with her, even meeting her real son Damien, but she's bewildered by Frank's desire to continue seeing her. He knows his mother is gone, and this stranger is not in a position to replace her, but it's going to take some real soul-searching to let go of the women in his life.
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Danny Deckchair is an unchallenging romantic comedy that begins with its quirky character's balloon-and-chair experiment but never flies as high as the film's leading man. Writer/director Jeff Balsmeyer injects his script with the universal desire to fit in, to be accepted despite one's obvious faults. It's familiar territory and relatively harmless, for sure, but it's also humorless and lacking in those all important grains of logical sense.
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