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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The pond is so shallow in this wan romance that there's no room for anything to float.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    An insipid, stillborn drama that drags its viewers through a ghetto of despair before finally, unexpectedly plopping them down in the midst of a happy ending.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Redemptive drama ready made for family viewing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals with the separation of Birdee Pruitt and her husband Bill after Birdee learns that he has been having an affair with her best friend on a national talk show. The separation is traumatic to the couple's daughter, Bernice, and the film may be difficult for children who have had to deal with their parents' separation or divorce. Characters drink and argue. Sexual activity is referenced, but neither shown nor discussed in detail. The film also deals frankly with death.

  • Families can talk about the difficulty Birdee has moving home. Birdee calls her mother "the town joke" and says she was embarrassed of her mother as a child. Do other characters in the film seem to see Ramona Calvert as a joke? How does moving home humble Birdie? Families may also want to discuss Ramona Calvert's death, as it may be troubling to young viewers.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Birdee grabs her daughter Bernice's arm during an argument. A classmate beats Bernice up after class.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Birdee works in a 1-hour photo lab.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: In one scene, Birdee gets drunk at the local bar and stays out all night.