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  • 20

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Extraordinary Measures requires extraordinary tolerance for bathos, bombast and plain old unpleasantness.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Harrison Ford has obviously enrolled in the Al Pacino School of Old Man Acting. He yells, sputters and glowers his way through the ultra-ordinary and well-intentioned Extraordinary Measures.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    An ordinary film with ordinary characters in a story too big for it. Life has been reduced to a Lifetime movie.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    It never rises above formula fare.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Hardly an extraordinary movie. In fact, it's hard to believe that this schmaltzy film found its home on the big screen rather than the Hallmark Channel. But I dare you not to feel something at its conclusion.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Mediocre medical drama is too heavy for young viewers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite its PG rating, this Harrison Ford medical drama features the kind of mature themes and strong language (including "s--t," "bulls--t," and "a--hole") usually associated with PG-13 movies. The movie focuses on a couple dealing with their children's life-threatening genetic disease; consequently, several scenes depict sick kids who are near death (and their inconsolable parents) -- which might be too heavy for tweens and young teens. The film's overall messages, however, are positive, as viewers see parents doing everything they possibly can to find a way to save their dying children.

  • Families can talk about how the kids' illnesses affect the Crowley family. Do the family's reactions and interactions seem realistic? How do movies usually portray characters who are seriously sick?
  • Dr. Stonehill is a genius but not a team player. Do you consider him a positive role model?
  • The movie is based on a true story. How much of it do you think is accurate? Why might filmmakers change some of the facts?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The Crowleys and other families dealing with Pompe disease all overcome unbelievable odds to ensure that their children live as long as possible. Their unflappable resolve is inspiring and touching, as is the sweet optimism portrayed by the sick kids.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: John and Aileen selflessly risk their financial stability to bet on Dr. Stonehill's research, fundraise, and do whatever it takes to save their kids and other kids like them. Although Dr. Stonehill isn't necessarily a positive role model (he's cranky, mean, and can't get along with his colleagues), he's also a hardworking genius who's determined to find the enzyme solution to help children with Pompe.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Nothing violent, per se, but there are potentially disturbing images of very sick hospitalized children, as well as discussion of a child who has died from Pompe disease. A guard holds a gun in one scene.

  • sex false2

    Sex: John and Aileen kiss passionately a couple of times and in one scene make out on a couch half-dressed after she makes a seductive suggestion about helping him take off his clothes.

  • language false3

    Language: Surprisingly strong language for a PG-rated film: "a--hole," "s--t," "bulls--t," and exclamations such as "Jesus!" and "Christ!"

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Recognizable brands include Ford, Kia, Hewlett Packard, Bose, and several mentions and appearances of SpongeBob SquarePants -- both as a stuffed animal and a TV show.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink socially in a bar and at dinner.