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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Well-acted and involving.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The actors do what they can with the cards they're dealt but can't overcome the nakedness of the dialogue or the characters' actions. Duke does ensure that the production flows smoothly though. And those frequent injections of comedy do wonders.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The film is likable. Its messages, many of them Lord-oriented, are all equally heartfelt.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Uneven family/marriage dramedy has some mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this well-meaning but inconsistent dramedy has lots of heart and a worthwhile message: Figure out what matters most, make life meaningful, and keep the faith. But some themes -- including infidelity, husband-and-wife power struggles, and the death of a child -- are simply too mature for young audiences. There's also some swearing (mostly mild), social drinking, and a fair bit of sexual innuendo.

  • Families can talk about what matters most to them as a family. A great discussion can be had about what makes life meaningful and the roles that faith and church play in the characters' marriage. Older teens can handle a discussion about how the film portrays marriage. Is it more or less realistic than what you've seen in other TV shows and movies? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Though the lead characters seem to go astray, they exhibit an enormous amount of compassion and sympathy for one another's needs and troubles in the end. That said, a mother-in-law seems to be setting her daughter up for a failed marriage, and a wife fails to understand the importance of her husband's attempts to help young children through sports. He, in turn, begins stonewalling her. But overall, the good trumps the bad by the movie's end.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some trash-talking and shoving on the basketball court -- one player throws a punch at another. A father threatens his son with a beating. A wife confronts a suspected mistress, with some shouting but no physical contact.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Plenty of sexual innuendo, but nothing too crude. A married man kisses a woman who isn't his wife. A wife dresses up in lingerie to entice her husband. Men discuss ogling women -- and indulge in doing so.

  • language false1

    Language: Mostly just mild swearing, including "ass" (which is uttered many times) and "damn."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some signage and logos, including Cybex exercise machines, Jose Cuervo, and McDonald's.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some beer drinking in social situations.