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The Music Never Stopped Review

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    In key spots, thanks to Simmons' brilliantly wounded gruffness and Pucci's nimble toggling act between vacancy and awakened spirit, The Music Never Stopped achieves an admirable poignancy about our emotional, healing relationship to the songs we love.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter James Greenberg

    An effectively emotional look at the power of music therapy to trigger memories lost after brain surgery.

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OK for kids 12+

Music brings family back together in moving drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though this drama about the difficult relationship between a father who still carries anger from the past and a son who suffers from a debilitating neurological condition is rated PG, it's more likely to interest mature teens and adults than younger kids. That said, there's not too much iffy stuff to worry about: sparing use of a few swear words ("a--hole," "s--t," "damn"), a guarded reference to a first sexual experience, some flirting and embracing, etc. There are references to being "stoned" and possible drug use, but nothing is shown. In scenes that flash back to the 1960s, there's some cigarette smoking, teens included.

  • Families can talk about times when relationships between parents and kids are strained. What are some ways that your family deals with big issues and conflicts?
  • Music changes from generation to generation and often causes a "culture clash" between kids and their parents. How did Henry finally learn to appreciate the music Gabriel loved? Kids: Is it important to you that your parents enjoy the music you listen to?
  • Do you consider the characters in the movie to be role models? Is Henry a good father?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie has strong positive take-aways, including: A loving bond once formed between a father and son can surmount even the most difficult situations. Open-mindedness leads to acceptance -- or at least understanding -- of others' values. And when dealing with a devastating illness or condition, it's worthwhile to explore new and innovative treatments.

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    Role models: A well-intentioned father who has been shown as headstrong, rigid, and controlling makes a concerted effort to see his son's point of view and serves as an example to other parents. Health care professionals are portrayed as diligent, open-minded, and caring.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: A guarded reference to a first sexual experience; some warm embraces.

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    Language: Infrequent cursing includes one use each of "a--hole,"  "oh s--t," "go to hell," and "goddamn."

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    Consumerism: A commercial for Coca-Cola is used as a story point, when the brain-damaged young man remembers the slogan. Several 1960s record labels are visible.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A couple of references to being "stoned" and possible past drug use. In flashbacks to 1960s, characters -- including teens -- are seen smoking. A couple drinks wine with dinner.