In This One: To All the Boys: Always and Foil, Morgan Freeman turns his attention from the big city of New York to the quiet and rural communities of eastern Kentucky. As he tours, we learn that there are two truths about life: One is that there will be sadness and other things; Two is that there will be joy. There is also a woman that comes to his attention and it is the focus of an unexpected and delightful love story.
With the exception of Steve McQueen's character, who in the previous movies seemed to always be in the picture, Freeman's main characters are rarely seen. The movie is more suspenseful and funny than any of Mr. Freeman's previous comedies. It also manages to be romantic in a way that no other film by him has ever been.
One morning Officer Carter (Freeman) stops at a convenience store to meet with the clerk and see if the boy (Freddy), who is quiet and bookish, can be allowed to work. When he agrees, Carter assigns him the task of taking the boy to see "The Nutcracker". It takes a while for Carter to get the timing of the Nutcracker correct but finally the movie happens. Freddy gets fired from his job and the townspeople hate him for it. Everyone wants to banish him to the backwoods but Carter keeps finding ways to let the boy see the Nutcracker.
Meanwhile, foiled by the townspeople, Carter approaches the girl that he has fallen for. But she wants nothing more than to be left alone. Will she let him continue to torment her? Or do they have to work out their relationship? Only the arrival of Freddy who is finally going to play the role of "the boy who lived" gives them something to talk about.
One interesting thing that I thought was brilliantly handled in this movie is the way the two copes with guilt. Freddy feels so guilty for his crimes, that he wants to leave the force. Carter wants to protect everyone but is unable to bring himself to do so. Both of them have to come to terms with the crimes that they have committed.
Overall, it's a great movie. Although a bit slow, it's a wonderful comedy that will make all the boys look back with fond memories. This movie also tells a touching life story that anyone will enjoy. If you want to see a great movie that you won't soon forget, try The Nutcracker.