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Under the Same Moon Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… one-note and manipulative … Read full review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Under the Same Moon comes most vividly to life when Adrian Alonso is on the screen.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A powerful and evocative account of the efforts undertaken to forge a perilous mother-and-child reunion. Told in Spanish with English subtitles, it is a moving tale of yearning, as well as unflagging courage and determination.

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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half. I prefer films that build to something worthwhile rather than collapse short of the finish line.

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  • 91

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film says that the U.S. immigrant situation is untenable, but then it forces US to ask: What should be done?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Emotional immigration drama has mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama has some mature and emotionally difficult themes. It revolves around a young boy who must deal with his grandmother's (peaceful) death and an illegal border crossing between Mexico and the United States. There are some brief images of obvious prostitutes, an abusive pimp, and a twitchy junkie. Expect some mild (though potentially upsetting) violence in the form of chases and rough takedowns by INS agents and local L.A. police. The central boy is also threatened by bullies, thieves, and a child trafficker. Mostly mild language, though "s--t" is used.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays the plight of illegal immigrants in the United States. Do you think the movie is trying to make a specific point about the issue? If so, what is it? Is it OK that Carlitos and his mother are both breaking American laws? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Mexicans cross into the U.S. illegally to escape economic hardship; Caucasian Americans are repeatedly selfish and cruel; a little boy is alternately aided by good-hearted adults and hassled by bullies or thieves.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Harrowing images of border crossing. Border guards chase illegal immigrants; INS authorities chase and grab illegal workers; a policeman beats an apparent criminal. Police drag away Enrique, pushing him against the cruiser and handcuffing him roughly. A child finds his grandmother dead in her bed and is very sad.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Several women wear sundresses or close-fitting tops that show cleavage. A pimp appears on the sidewalk with prostitutes (they wear skimpy outfits and high heels).

  • language false3

    Language: Words include "s--t" (with "bull-"), "hell," "son of a bitch," and "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Brands include PopTarts, Walkman.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigarette smoking. A junkie character's arms show track marks, indicating past drug use. Bullies drink beer.