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Theme focuses on survival, both in a catastrophe and in our everyday lives. Themes include communication, courage, integrity, and self-control.
Positive Role Models
Several characters demonstrate grace under pressure in a variety of ways: A female emergency management team leader is knowledgeable, poised, and calm under high-stress circumstances. A hotel cleaner is proficient and responsible and leads a group to safety. A woman stands up for herself when she's sexually harassed at the workplace and is nonjudgmental when her daughter approaches her with a difficult situation. A migrant worker is comfortable in his own skin and looks out for others.
Diverse ensemble cast includes a deaf child, a gay couple, and kind, brave immigrants. A Native American character is a key member of a city management team. Storylines thoughtfully shed light on the characters' challenges,
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Violence & Scariness
A tornado rips through a town, leaving it utterly destroyed; destruction is shown from the perspective of the people caught in the eye of the storm. Blood, cuts, and bruises; people who appear to be dying. Graphic limb injury. An employer inappropriately touches his female employee, who immediately tells him that it's unacceptable and there will be consequences if the behavior occurs again.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Engaged couple shown in bed together. Woman wears low-cut nightgown. One character is depicted in a morning-after situation where it's implied that he's naked under the covers.
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Strong language includes "goddammit," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "Jesus" (exclamatory), and a single use of "f--k." Racial slur ("spics") and demeaning language and attitudes toward immigrants.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 13 Minutes is an ensemble disaster drama. Viewers are put in the eye of the storm as a tornado levels a town; characters are in life-threatening peril and suffer bloody injuries, including a mangled limb. The diverse characters' stories highlight their personal challenges living in a conservative community. Representations include working parents with a deaf child, immigrants pursuing the American dream, a pregnant teen deliberating her options, and a closeted gay man. The hurtful/judgmental belittlements, superior attitudes, and "well meaning" behavior shown toward these characters helps viewers understand their pain and promotes empathy. At the same time, the movie shows how communities can put their smallness aside and come together in times of crisis. Expect a few instances of strong language ("s--t," "f--k," "Jesus") and a couple of slurs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In Lindsay Gossling's impressive feature writing and directing debut, Minninnewah is ripped apart by residents' own smallness and judgments as much as the twister that threatens to destroy them. And the outcome of this slice-of-life suspenser is just as unpredictable as that of the path of a tornado. That's because it examines everyday actions and attitudes that dot the American landscape, leaving it up to viewers to determine what's right and what's wrong. And while there are a lot of characters to get to know in a short amount of time, they're not underdeveloped; they do things and make decisions that some viewers may see as villainous and others might cheer on.
In a small community, it's not uncommon for the lives of families of diverse backgrounds to intertwine. Here, we get a wide range of folks, all facing dilemmas meant to prompt viewers to examine their own thought process. Upper-middle-class parents Kim and Brad (Amy Smart and Peter Facinelli) both work in the weather industry and know that an epic weather event is headed their way: Should they serve their community by doing their jobs and leave their deaf daughter with a trusted babysitter, or should a parent be with their child (and, if so, which parent)? Pregnant teen Maddy is grappling with making the right decision for her, getting advice and pressure from those whose personal views and wishes may not be aligned with her own. Hardworking, skilled mechanic Carlos (Yancey Arias) is in the country illegally to marry the love of his life: Do you judge him or relate to his plight? Young farmer Luke (Will Peltz) is working on accepting his sexuality, and his boyfriend has given him an ultimatum to come out to his religious parents or lose the relationship -- which consequence is worse? This is a story of the heartland, not Hollywood, so don't expect the ending to be wrapped in a bow -- it's realistically messy, just like debris spread across the plain after an F5 storm.
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