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Local Hero Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

A poignant, funny tale of a simpler life.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has the feel of a fairy tale, but there are some odd moments that may bother some kids. Happer hires a "therapist" for a bizarre "abuse therapy." Danny saves a rabbit that is then cooked and served to Danny and McIntyre by Gordon.

  • Families can talk about how McIntyre's life in Houston is cluttered but empty. What does McIntyre list as the requirements for an excellent life in Houston? Do the villagers agree with him, since all but Ben are anxious to sell? Why does the girl with the punk outfit say that she likes McIntyre? Why didn't Ben want to sell? Why, when McIntyre calls the village pay phone at the end of the film, does no one answer?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: Gordon and his wife have frequent (off-screen) sex; McIntyre uses a mild epithet when he's angry at his former girlfriend.

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    Language: Mild.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A great deal of social drinking; McIntyre gets drunk.