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Seven Pounds Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

... goes off the rails. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    36

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  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Smith's latest film is about nothing less than life and death, sin and atonement, and it takes the soggy cake for multiple layers of sentimentality topped by indigestible grandiosity.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    An unintentionally ludicrous drama of repentance.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film's Italian director does achieve in his second American outing a pleasing blend of Hollywood professional sheen and European sensitivity to character details and nuances.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    While it doesn't break any new ground or provide any revelations, Seven Pounds is unabashedly emotional and cautiously hopeful. It's the feel-good movie for these feel-bad times.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Some people will find it emotionally manipulative. Some people like to be emotionally manipulated. I do, when it's done well.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Melancholy Will Smith film is too intense for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Will Smith + holidays usually equals blockbuster. But this drama's mysterious title and trailer may turn off younger fans who'd rather see a comedy or fantasy. And viewers in the mood for a feel-good story should look elsewhere: The movie tackles heavy themes like what it means to live a meaningful life, embracing death in the face of a terminal illness, and using grief as a motivation to act selflessly. The language and consumerism are mild, the violence is limited to (admittedly disturbing) scenes of two fatal incidents, and the sexuality is one love scene featuring a bare shoulders and backs. All of that said, the central message -- giving of yourself no matter what the cost -- may be too mature for young viewers to handle.

  • Families can talk about the film's emphasis on altruism. What messages does it send about generosity? Is it a positive message?
  • Was Ben saintly or insane -- or is it a little of both?
  • Families canalso discuss how the movie develops as a suspenseful drama. Howspecifically was it suspenseful? Was the end predictable, or did itsucceed in being a "big reveal"?
  • How does Smith's character herecompare with others he's played? Do you prefer him in dramas orcomedies/action-adventures? Why?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Helping others is an important message for children and teens to take seriously, but purposely endangering your life in the process isn't advisable.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: On the one hand, Ben is incredibly altruistic and generous, but on theother, he's also depressed, obviously suffering from post-traumaticstress and mentally unstable. Also on the up side, the movie features a diverse cast.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Disturbing glimpses of a fatal, multi-car accident are shown. A battered woman has a black eye. One character almost dies, and another character does die in a bizarre way. Ben needs a cast after smashing up his house.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A couple kisses/embraces, and another couple makes love -- thier bare backs and shoulders are visible.

  • language false3

    Language: On the milder side for a PG-13 film, but still a couple of uses of "s--t," "hell," "ass," "goddamn," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Featured brands include Ford, Mercury Records, Kiehl's skincare products, and Travel Inn motel.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Ben and Emily drink wine at dinner.

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