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Two Weeks Review

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    The script is not without some perceptive observations about family dynamics, but the problematic tone keeps getting in the way. A little absurdist levity in these instances always helps to prevent things from becoming too maudlin, but in Stockman's hands, the played-for-laughs elements in this tragicomedy feel forced rather than organic, ultimately creating an emotional disconnect with the viewer.

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  • 50

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    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Despite striking a chord in terms of sibling politics and the inelegant ways we deal with death, Two Weeks too often feels as if it's destined for heavy rotation on the Lifetime Movie Network.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie's warm advocacy of hospice, with all the dignity such end-of-life care provides, does real, influential good.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Indie drama mixes clichés with family strife.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that most teens probably won't be interested in this indie drama about adult siblings brought together by their dying mother. Her death leads to some sad scenes, and she appears increasingly pained and sick (at one point, unable to eat, she sits down to dinner with her family, chews spare ribs, and spits out the food -- then her kids follow suit to make her feel better). Tense scenes among the siblings show their jealousies and resentments. Characters discuss painkilling drugs, and one son smokes a joint. Language includes several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and "damn."

  • Families can talk about how death is portrayed in movies. How realistic do you think this film is? Would a real family behave this way in similar circumstances? How do the movie's occasional moments of comedy help alleviate its sadness and frustration? Is that realistic? How does the siblings come to terms with each other as they watch their mom endure such emotional and physical pain? What do they learn about themselves and each other?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Siblings argue over how to handle their mother's imminent death; eventually, everyone comes together. Cast is uniformly white except for a single African-American character, who's a nurse.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Dying mother's body is ravaged by cancer, so she's visibly weaker, pale, and sad.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Profanity includes several uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "damn," and "bitch."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Keith smokes a joint; multiple refrences to drugs used to treat Anita (morphine, Percodan, Dilaudid); drinking and various toasts (wine and some liquor).