"Sweet Funny Story with Positive Life Lessons"
What You Need To Know:
Though it could use more conflict, ERNESTO’S MANIFESTO is a sweet story. The title character is kind, compassionate, loyal, trustworthy, generous, and lives a simple life. There are two instances where dating couples live together, but the movie ends with a marriage ceremony. One character follows the Dali Llama’s false religion, but his beliefs don’t overshadow or take away from the movie’s positive messages. However, ERNESTO’S MANIFESTO has some foul language and cohabitation, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.
ERNESTOS’S MANIFESTO follows a man named Ernesto, or as some people call him, Ernie. Ernie is a simple man who really doesn’t need anything to be happy. He has a job, a girlfriend, a roof over his head, and that’s enough for him. In just one day, everything changes. He loses his job, which makes his girlfriend break up with him, and in turn he loses his apartment.
As Ernie gives his last bit of change to a young man making music on the side of the road, the musician tells him of a restaurant that’s hiring. Javier, the manager, hires Ernie and immediately sees how hardworking and dedicated he is to his job. When he learns of Ernie’s situation, he offers the couch in his office for him to sleep. The only catch is Ernie can’t tell anyone, especially the man who owns the restaurant, Jerry.
After falling asleep, Ernie is woken by Jerry holding a bat and asking who he is and how he got inside. While Ernie tries to stay loyal to Javier and not get him into trouble, Jerry puts together what’s happened by himself. Instead of throwing Ernie out, he tells him he likes him and brings him back to his house. Jerry tells Ernie he can live in his guest house as long as he needs.
During Ernie’s stay, he becomes closer friends with Jerry and Jerry’s lawyer, Douglas, who spends time with them. One day when Ernie pops in Jerry’s house to water his flowers, he finds out Jerry has died. Douglas tells Ernie he can still stay in the guest house while he finds Jerry’s nephew Zack, to whom Jerry left everything. In the meantime, the main house will be rented out to someone else.
A bigtime Hollywood director named Austin moves into the main house on the premises. Ernie and Austin end up forming an unlikely friendship, which turns Ernie’s life upside down in a good way. It seems as though this friendship could bring back everything Ernie lost just a short while ago.
ERNESTO’S MANIFESTO is a sweet, sometimes funny story that makes the audience feel everything Ernie’s feeling. Ernie’s simple way of life teaches that, even when everything seems to be against you, still giving to others and being a nice human being can get you farther than you ever thought. The movie is loaded with life lessons everyone needs to be reminded of because sometimes the simplest ones are the easiest to forget.
Although the story is sweet, there’s really no big conflict to move the story along. Having more conflict would have made the story stronger and more believable. For a seemingly low-budget movie, the acting isn’t as bad as one would expect. Overall, the acting could have been better, but it didn’t hurt the overall movie.
ERNESTO’S MANIFESTO has a very strong moral worldview with kindness, generosity, compassion, loyalty, love, trust, and many other moral characteristics extolled. The movie embraces family and how family sometimes can be people who aren’t blood relatives. It even ends with a marriage ceremony. One character shows signs of false religion as he practices beliefs of the Dali Llama, but it doesn’t overshadow or take away from the good messages the movie displays. However, there’s a medium amount of gratuitous foul language that mars the movie, plus brief potty humor. If the foul language was cut, it also would have made the movie stronger. ERNESTO’S MANIFESTO also has two instances of dating couples living together. Because of this content, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.
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