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3-Iron (2004)

How would you feel if someone broke into your house while you were on vacation, and cleaned up the place, fixed the broken gadgets you’ve just never taken the time to get repaired, and just generally left things better than he found them?

That’s the premise of “3-Iron.”   Our protagonist has a clever way of finding how who in any given neighborhood is away on vacation, and a top of the line lock picking set.   He moves in for a day, watching their TV, eating a bit of their food (not enough they’ll ever miss it) and fixing anything he finds broken.  Sometimes he even does the laundry.

Until one day he moves into a house with someone in it — a very unhappy trophy wife.  Instead of reporting him, she decides to come with him, and they become a sort of anti- Bonnie and Clyde.

Neither of them speak more than a few words throughout the entire film, which kind of sets them apart as folks that don’t belong to this world.  And in the end, something pseudo-magical happens, which sets them apart even further.   “3-Iron” is a gentle and whimsical film, very enjoyable to watch, and seems to be quietly asking the question: wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where everyone could be trusted?  Where a stranger in your house when you’re gone would be no big deal, because he’s not going to harm anything?  Some might consider the simple act an invasion of privacy, but that also makes me wonder – why do we love our privacy so much?   Isn’t it because we fear that others will not treat us, and the things that matter to us, with respect and tenderness?

Verdict: Recommended.  Not everything in “3-Iron” makes perfect sense, and sometimes it stretches things a bit too far.  But overall, it’s a wonderfully wry and gentle viewing experience, and that makes it a movie that brings a smile to my face.

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