Parents' Guide to

A 3 Minute Hug

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Families separated by border reunite for brief hugs.

Movie NR 2019 28 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Wanted more

It was very heartbreaking but also sweet. It looked like some of the older Mexican adults were encouraging their young American family members. I really wanted to see the behind the scenes of what it took to pull this off. Both countries had to agree to do this. Was this a grassroots campaign?
age 12+

Sweet, but pandering

It's wonderful to see people reunited, families that have been estranged for whatever reason. But this is pandering to the epidemic at the border, and it takes sides unjustly.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This bittersweet reunion documentary is sure to be a moving experience for families. Everardo Gonzalez, director of A 3 Minute Hug, wisely chose to stay out of the way of his subjects, who in their simple reunions provided more drama, pathos, laughter, and tears than most other movies of three times the length. The film beautifully captures the urgency, joy, and, ultimately, the sadness of these great displays of love and affection. Tears of joy give way to tears of loss as all parties but the smallest babies know they will go back to their respective sides and perhaps never see loved ones again.

Using no formal narrative, the film manages to convey that all people are the same. Members of the Latinx community are observed here, but they could just as easily be replaced with people grouped in other distinguishing categories -- by religion, ethnicity, language, skin color, sexual orientation, economic privilege -- and their actions and emotions would undoubtedly be identical.

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