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Don't Try This At Home

scattering ashes off a cruise ship

The other evening as I sat to enjoy a respite from the day, I tuned into Netflix’s new movie “Like Father” starring Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer and Seth Rogen. A rather unremarkable story-line. Father shows up at his daughter’s wedding after being absent most of her life. She gets left at the altar and returns to her workaholic advertising executive life. But when her long lost dad rings her doorbell to invite her out for drinks, it’s one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. They end up on what was suppose to be her Caribbean honeymoon cruise. Of course we won’t question how Kelsey gets on board without an issued ticket in his name, cruise ships employ a similar security check in as the airlines. But that's neither here nor there and simply illustrates the point I'm getting to.

As the two bond, Kristen Bell playing Rachel discovers her dad is bankrupt and assumes he turned up to get money from her. Truth is, his mission is to scatter the cremated remains of his friend. I wasn’t paying much attention to the details regarding the nature of his relationship with the deceased but when I saw he was about to scatter off the cruise ship...well, that caught my eye.

The scene is set, Kelsey (Harry) holds the urn to scatter the cremated remains and wisps of a cloud-like formation gently take up onto a breeze. Reality: scattering cremated remains from a cruise ship would likely be a bit of a mess as they fall to the decks below. The wind on an upper deck, let alone the stern (back of the ship) is no less than 10+ knots, enough to blow back, around and down. But like Kelsey’s ability to board without a ticket, scattering just doesn't happen like that. Cremated remains weigh five or six pounds, not exactly dust in the wind disappearing like an apparition in a movie. Oh, yeah, but this is a movie.

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