The Secret: Dare to Dream

Published August 8, 2020

The Secret: Dare to Dream

Film info

  • Title The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • Director Andy Tennant
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 47m
  • Genres Romance, Drama
  • Tagline If you don't know what you want, how can you ask for it?

The Secret: Dare to Dream centres around Miranda Wells, a hard-working young widow struggling to raise three children on her own. A powerful storm brings a devastating challenge and a mysterious man, Bray Johnson, into her life. In just a few short days, Bray's presence re-ignites the family's spirit, but he carries a secret - and that secret could change everything.

Live blog

Time Comment
5:07 Hotel Tonight shoutout!
8:06 That is a seriously scary fishing rod.
12:36 “You’re on a first-name basis with the bank?”
19:01 The kid just downed tools and left everything where it was, rather than putting it back.
22:28 I’m sure this is the first episode of Friends. “And I just want a million dollars.”
30:25 If he was coming back anyway, why did he leave it in the mailbox?
37:02 I’m with the mother-in-law. “Have you met people lately?”
44:19 How casually they walk around on the roof!
58:40 If it’s all about letting what happens happen, then he’s really not letting the interruptions stop him.
1:00:33 Aw, they are good kids, hiding their feelings for the sake of their mother.
1:01:36 What the hell? He buys her an enormous car when what he could actually do is give her a payrise so she could afford to live a slightly better life?
1:06:19 “If you don’t know what you want, how can you ask for it?” Story of my life.
1:10:10 What a godawful thing to say!
1:10:57 “I don’t want it to be easy, but I do want it to be worth it.”
1:21:13 I mean, he should have just told her right from the beginning, from the second he pulled in to the drive to fix the bumper.
1:33:41 My god, the people in her life are awful. Tuck, the god-awful mother-in-law. Oof.
1:41:02 The pony thing is cute but I can’t get over ‘he was having trouble with his barn.’ What the bloody hell does that mean?


Oof, this is not a good film.

On the one hand, it was slightly better than I thought it would be. This one fell on our list as a new release bypassing cinemas so we had to check it out. I’d not heard of it before and it wasn’t until the credits started rolling that I realised it was associated with the book The Secret, which I’m sure we can all agree is way overhyped and really not all that groundbreaking at all.

So, I was worried the film would be a lot of wishy-washy positive thinking rubbish, and whilst there were some elements of that, and certainly the magnet conversation was a really low point, it wasn’t as bad as I had been anticipating.

On the other hand, it really wasn’t a very well-made film. It’s got an okay story at its heart, pretty derivative and the kind of thing that romance novels are made of, but okay, a beginning, middle and end. It’s so overdone though - the moment where they’re sat at the table and she says “He made everything lighter” as the literal beams of light come through the skylight that he put in. (Also, what moon actually gives off light like that? I’ve never seen it.) Hamfisted and in your face, with a lot of very dislikable characters because their dialogue is so on-the-nose. It’s bad.

The only thing I got from it, actually, is that we have watched two Katie Holmes films in quite quick succession and disliked them both, but she has not been bad in either of them, and I still love her.

Rating: 1 / 5

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