Jake Turns Informant

The Most Amazing Toddler in the World is now officially holding up two fingers. And, the Thriller and I went to see The Informant! last night. This post addresses both; hence, the catchy title.

Before I go back to researching for my delightful class assignment…


What a little rock star.

Obligatory cake photo. Good thing Hannah strips him down to his nappy.

After the party, #1 Son took him to the county fair to see his first-ever demolition derby. His reaction upon seeing the first collision:

That's no yawn, BTW

He also loved his gifts. Boy is going to be bizzy for awhile. It was a great party.

Later, Grammie & Grandpa Thriller went to the movies. The Informant! started out a bit on the slow side (too many sidebar meetings & conversations for my taste), but really picked up in the second half. Advice: if you don’t know the Eric Mark (sorry, got him confused with a choral composer) Whitacre story (the movie is based on an actual event), then don’t read up on it before you leave. I saw this same advice in a movie column yesterday morning, and I’m glad I took it. The last 20 minutes of the film are *much* more satisfying and revealing if you don’t know how everything ended in real life.

Suffice it to say that the story’s twists are really twisted, and Damon is dead-center in capturing Whitacre’s bizarro personality. On the brand-new “Rat-O-Meter” movie scale of five cheeses, I give it:

Have a grand Sunday. Back underground…


8 thoughts on “Jake Turns Informant

  1. Mavis

    That boy certainly is amazing! I actually thought he was “yawning” while watching the derby! ;0) I’m thrilled that he had a good time. He’s the most expressive toddler I’ve ever known!

    How great that you ended up enjoying the movie! 4 cheeses from the Rat is a pretty good rating.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      I know, Mave — he is a laff and a half! When he finally does start talking, we’re never going to hear the end…just like his daddy.

      The movie was good indeed. Not one I’d particularly care to see again, but what a fantastic (in the “unbelievable” sense) story. Wow. You have to rent it when it comes out on DVD.

  2. RD

    This grandson of your is absolutely wonderful. Being a grandparent is a fabulous pleasure and privilege. We’re having our 11th in mid January! They’ll range from age 25 to newborn!

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      That is amazing! You’re probably busier now than when J, J and J were little! And thank you for the compliment…like Mavis says, we are constantly laughing about how expressive his face is. He hasn’t elected to actually speak words yet (his father didn’t say anything until he was 2, either), but his face and gestures get the message across perfectly! He’s a hoot.

      Hey, only 2 weeks and counting till our pow-wow!

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      You should. I’ll be interested in your take — especially on the kooky Marvin Hamlisch score, and the fat, psychedelic 60s fonts used throughout the film, even though it takes place in the 90s.



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