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Violence & Scariness
Scariness of mother's illness and death.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a movie about loss, but more than that it is a movie about families, and the acceptance of family members who are not always easy to understand. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the autobiographical novel by sportswriter Franz Lidz, Unstrung Heroes is a quietly moving story of a boy growing up in the midst of incomprehensible loss. Perhaps it is the very incomprehensibility of it all that makes his uncles seem understandable by comparison. Or perhaps they just have a less frightening way of being impossible to understand. To Steven, they are almost like children, and they have time for him, which his parents don't. They have answers for him, which no one else does. They see him as "Franz" and "Franz" is who he decides he wants to be.
This is a movie about loss, but more than that it is a movie about families, and the acceptance of family members who are not always easy to understand. The movie also raises the question of faith. Sid is relentlessly scientific and is furious that his brothers have encouraged Franz to study Judaism. He tells them that "religion is a crutch, only cripples need crutches." But Franz's mother, dying, says maybe Franz is right.
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