The Secret: Dare To Dream is incredibly forgettable. The film isn’t terrible, but it sure isn’t good by any stretch. While it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why they decided to structure the film the way they did, that still doesn’t forgive the bland storytelling and overdose of sappiness. I’m not even exactly sure how anyone would classify this film. It’s not a comedy. It’s certainly not a rom-com. There are characters in the narrative whose mere presence is so odd that if they were removed from the film, no one would notice or even care. Josh Lucas and Katie Holmes are talented actors, but the horrible source material is impossible to overcome.
The Secret: Dare To Dream is based on best selling author Rose Byrne’s book The Secret. The film touts Byrne’s theory that a person’s thoughts can alter their lives but does very little to ground them in any reality. The narrative of The Secret: Dare To Dream centers around Miranda (Katie Holmes). This young widow is struggling to raise three kids while dating her highly forgettable boyfriend (Jerry O’Connell). A Hurricane slams into their town and brings enormous challenges to Holmes’s character. A confluence of events leads to a mysterious man, Bray (Josh Lucas) who has offered to help Miranda get back on her feet, what she doesn’t realize that he has an extraordinary secret that will change her life.
If the film had stayed focused on the dynamic between the characters Holmes and Lucas played, then the film would have been at least okay. When The Secret: Dare to Dream attempts to share Miranda’s backstory, the movie loses me. There’s this whole plot involving how Miranda is working for her boyfriend, who eventually ends up being her fiance, which seems odd and out of place. We also are introduced to her former mother-in-law, who serves little purpose in moving the story along. About the only takeaway, I had from her scenes is that she’s on Zillow way too much. There’s also this fascination in the film with shooting Bray in various states of contemplation.
If someone is a fan of the book, then I suppose renting this on-demand makes sense, but there’s no reason to subject yourself to this film.