I recently watched the 2015 Lifetime movie, The Unauthorized Full House Story, which was about the actors in the hit ABC sitcom Full House. The movie went from the actors’ rise from obscurity and disappointments to Candace Cameron’s wedding to Russian hockey player Valeri Bure.
I liked how the movie depicted the actors as tight-knit, in good
times and bad. Another interesting detail was how the actors shaped
their characters. Bob Saget had the idea of making Danny Tanner a neat
freak, and John Stamos proposed that Uncle Jesse be an Elvis fan.
In terms of negatives, the movie tried to cover too much, so pieces
were left unresolved. For example, in the movie, Jodie Sweetin was
upset because Candace was becoming close to Andrea Barner (who played
Kimmy Gibler) and felt left out, but that was never revisited. As this Rolling Stone article notes, the movie lacked notorious Full House
catch-phrases, such as “Have mercy!” and “You got it, dude!” (I think
it did have “You’re in big trouble, mister!”) The movie also had a lot
of silliness. Some of that was necessary to show that Bob Saget was
raunchier than his TV dad character, but there was just too much of
The movie still had its share of serious scenes, though, and that
enhanced the movie. Bob Saget and Dave Coulier were coping with the
deaths of their sisters. And Bob Saget worked a lot on Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, and that cost him his marriage.
Like The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell movie, The Unauthorized Full House Story
touched on religion. In my favorite scene in the movie, Candace
Cameron and John Stamos are talking. Candace is upset because a
magazine called her chubby, and John laments that the tabloids portray
him as a big-time partier, leading his dad to think that he is
immature. Candace says that her brother, Kirk (Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains),
tells her that things will be become clearer when she has a
relationship with God. John replies that it’s good for people to find
ways to keep their head straight—-Kirk has religion, John has his
music—-and Candace needs to find what works for her.
Many Christians may disagree with John’s characterization of religion
as one of many ways to keep one’s head straight, saying it is much more
than that. They would have a point, and yet I agree that religion is a
way to keep one’s head straight, and that religion is a personal
decision. I also appreciate that John did not denigrate Kirk Cameron.
And the scene struck me as an Uncle Jesse moment, as if Stamos were like
Uncle Jesse even off-screen!
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