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'The Secret: Dare to Dream' turns the bestselling book into what feels like a Hallmark movie

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

With assists from Oprah Winfrey among others, the book "The Secret" sold millions of copies, becoming a self-help sensation. Enter "The Secret: Dare to Dream," a dramatic movie loosely based on author Rhonda Byrne's teachings, offering the sort of sappy and simplistic message that would look right at home on the Hallmark Channel.

(CNN)With assists from Oprah Winfrey among others, the book "The Secret" sold millions of copies, becoming a self-help sensation.

Enter "The Secret: Dare to Dream," a dramatic movie loosely based on author Rhonda Byrne's teachings, offering the sort of sappy and simplistic message that would look right at home on the Hallmark Channel.

For those who buy into "the secret" -- which is based on "the law of attraction," and the basic assertion that positive thoughts will bring good things your way -- it's a stirring embodiment of those principals.

Soon, she has a not-so-chance encounter with Bray (Lucas), who offers Miranda and her children little pearls of wisdom about the power of positivity, such as "The more you think about something, the more you draw it to you. "

Directed by Andy Tennant ("Sweet Home Alabama"), who shares script credit with Bekah Brunstetter and Rick Parks, "The Secret" is reasonably adept at building a serviceable plot around the book's guiding principles and vague sense of spirituality.

Holmes and Lucas certainly play it earnestly enough, but there's only so much that can be done with such stock characters.

As noted, a whole lot of people read Byrne's book and watched the film, but "The Secret: Dare to Dream" at best feels like a tepid distraction even for those receptive to its blueprint, far from the stuff that dreams are made of.

"The Secret: Dare to Dream" is available on demand beginning July 31.

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