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Come Away Home Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Touching movie about the importance of family.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Annie acts like a typical sullen tween when she finds herself shipped off to spend the summer with her grandfather. She sneaks out of the house, attempts to run away, and takes the boat she promised her grandfather that she wouldn't touch. However, she soon learns that her actions have consequences and makes amends for her behavior. There's a frightening scene where Annie almost drowns, as well as a spooky scene in a dark wooded area. A character is devastated by the death of his daughter. Annie becomes upset when she finds out her parents are considering putting Grandfather Donald in a retirement home -- you may want to have a conversation with your kids about the different ways people take care of their elderly relatives.

  • Families can talk about what Annie learns about herself by the end of the summer, and what she learns from her grandfather. Why does Grandfather Donald's gift mean so much to Annie? Kids may be inspired to talk to older family members and find out what fascinating stories they have to share. Some children may even decide to take up chess!

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although Annie is a little bratty at first and disobeys her grandfather, she ultimately learns a lesson and comes to appreciate her grandfather.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A possibly haunted house and forest are a little creepy. In a scene that may frighten sensitive kids, Annie nearly drowns.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief scene involving smoking.