OK for kids 13+
Quirky romance mixes politics, charm; fine for teens.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a quirky romance with a mish-mash of themes that includes love, international relations, faith, war, marital infidelity, and fishing. Overall the movie has a genteel feel, and though there's some salty language (including "ass," "bastard, and one use of "f--k"), it's not excessive. Expect some kissing and a couple of love scenes that imply sex, though there's no graphic nudity. There's also some social drinking and smoking, and use of a gun by an attempted assassin.
- Families can talk about Salmon Fishing in the Yemen's messages. What do you think it wants audiences to take away from watching? Does all entertainment need to have a message?
- What makes Harriet's and Fred's romance different or similar to that of other movie couples? Did either of them do anything wrong? Why did they hesitate?
The good stuff
Messages: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen's messages are about the importance of peace, patience, tolerance, humility, and faith.
Role models: Alfred and Harriet are as different, in both personality and disposition, as two people can be. But in working toward a common goal, they discover much to appreciate in each other. They're both clear about not wanting to be hurtful of others and are quite respectful of their complicated individual situations.
What to watch for
Violence: An assassin attempts to kill one of the characters with a gun; later, a dam is destroyed.
Sex: A woman takes off her pants and joins her boyfriend in bed (they're mostly shown cuddling). Earlier, they're seen kissing. Another couple is shown just finishing having sex (no nudity).
Language: "F--k" is shown typed on a computer, with asterisks in place of most of the letters; later, a mother says the word while speaking to her teenage son. Also occasional use of words including "bloody hell," "bastard," "ass," "damn," "oh my God, " "goddamn," and "bollocks."
Consumerism: Mention of Target and the names of a few fishing magazines.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking. One character smokes cigarettes.
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It's a Hit! by Optimism
The Sunday matinee we attended was near-full, even tho SALMON FISHING was also being shown at the same time in a second theater across the lobby. A HIT! Why?
Because it's adorable: literate and charming, and creative, and quite perfect, all 'round.
Super fun An original (!) movie. Refreshing and delightful.
Loved it better than the book by 36003657
I loved the book and was delighted to learn that a movie was made of it. I could hardly wait to have it come my town and scanned theaters in nearby towns to see if they already show it. Well, it finally arrived here and I must say that this is one movie that is actually better than the book. I enjoyed it tremendously.
Liked this movie alot by nancyfurm
This movie was a pleasant surprise. I found it a sweet love story. I enjoyed all of the characters and thought the writing was really good. I would definitely recommend it.
Salmon Fishing in Yemen by jacqpk
By far the best movie I have seen in a long while. Good story, great pace, excellent casting and acting, and beautiful scenery. A must see!!!!!
Cast your vote for salmon fishing! by PVKathy
This is a charming and wise movie that has an unusual setting and unusual plot with dialogue that goes beyond the trite. Well written and well acted, this film is both thought-provoking and entertaining. The large theater was nearly filled and everyone left happy.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by meckstut
A so-so Friday night film with an attractive cast and a simple, predictable formulaic story line that you have seen many times before -- even the "Dr. Jones" references bring back you know who..
I was expecting more from the film based on its title, I thought it would be metaphorical about overcoming difficulties or daring to dream impossible dreams but it was quite literal and simplistic. The film is very shallow, everyone is just a little too perfect (even the villains).However, Kristin Scott Thomas is hilarious and steals every scenes she is in and Emily Blunt looks great in her London "investment manager" professional girl outfits.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by oldbikerdude
A well acted film with a nice story. Visually very appealing. I have recommended this film to my friends.
Fly Fishing in Yemen by arvard
I enjoyed this movie very much. The scenes were beautiful and the British humor wa a lot of fun. It got a little slow in places, but I would recommend it anyway.
One of the few times the movies eclipses the book by nickdoesmovies
This movies is a romantic satire, and the comic bite manages to eliminate any and all sappiness that might be associated with a traditional love story. This moving is engaging, beautiful to watch, funny, and a little thought provoking. The acting is marvelous - its well cast with an excellent screenplay. For anyone who ever wanted the nerdy fisherman to be the hero - this is your movie. Go
Really enjoyed the performances by trixiesutton
What a creative idea for a movie. It was a bit of a fantasy but the characters lift it into something really special. My husband and i enjoyed it thoroughly and had the nicest romantic dinner afterwards! Great date movie.