A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Bad things happen, but it's up to you how you react to them. Serving others can give you strength and purpose. It can also teach you empathy. Focus on the positive and keep moving forward, one step at a time. The unhoused shouldn't be treated as less than human. "Many hands make light work." Stay-at-home parenting is work, but those who undertake this sometimes have trouble re-entering the workforce.
Positive Role Models
Cyndi and Phillip turn a difficult situation into an opportunity to help others. They learn and demonstrate compassion in caring for unhoused people. Phillip learns that responding to bullying with violence doesn't get positive results, but responding with kindness can. A pastor, a grandmother, a boss, and the local community show up to help when people need it.
One main character has an unspecified mental illness. People are unhoused and some explain how they got that way. At least one secondary character is Black; most of the principal characters are White and Christian.
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Violence & Scariness
A man has an unnamed mental illness that prompts violence, paranoia, disorientation, and bad decision-making. He appears in one scene to be considering suicide, and he pushes another man to the ground, threatening to punch him. He winds up living on the street, where he falls very ill, and his wife and son find him unconscious on the street. The woman is called to the morgue to identify what officials believe is her husband's body. Schoolchildren tease and bully each other; one fights back with a punch that results in a bloody nose. A fire breaks out in a storage unit. A woman describes losing her job and becoming unhoused after serving in the military. An unhoused man gets angry and appears threatening.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses.
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Products & Purchases
A woman discovers her husband has racked up debt and she must sell her house and get a job to make ends meet. She offers money, meals, and blankets to unhoused people. Car brands are glimpsed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man with a mental illness is asked whether he's stopped taking his medications.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 5000 Blankets is a faith-based film with characters showing compassion to unhoused people after a father with a mental illness goes missing and is thought to be living on the street. Some of the scenes involving the man's illness, which prompt him to act violently and appear to consider suicide and suffer paranoid delusions, could be intense for young viewers. Other potentially scary scenes include the revealing of a body in a morgue, some school bullying and fights, and depictions of people struggling with homelessness. The main characters attend church regularly and receive advice from their pastor. A woman discovers her husband has racked up debt, and she must sell her house and get a job to make ends meet. She and her son turn their hardships into positive action by gathering and distributing blankets to unhoused people. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A compelling true story and fine performance from star Anna Camp elevate this otherwise middling TV movie. Camp is best known for her comedic roles in the Pitch Perfect series and Netflix's Desperados, so it's good to see her take on a more dramatic turn in 5000 Blankets. The film's script and structure are predictable, so it rests on Camp's shoulders to raise the film above that. Repetitive church scenes and attempts at visualizing mental illness risk undermining Camp's work, but ultimately this is a powerful and inspiring human story of finding self through serving others.
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