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A Father's Choice

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Heart-tugging family story set in motion by a mom's murder.

Movie PG 2009 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Rough beginning

I sat down to watch this with a 10 year old for a family movie afternoon. I knew from the plot that the parents get killed. But instead of the typical car accident it shows them being shot by a burglar in front of their kids after returning home one night. In the next scenes the tearful kids are being questioned by the police about the murders. Too much for us. The rest of the movie may be family fare but the beginning was way too edgy.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 8+

An amazing movie about love, loss, adversity and moving forward.

This movie is based on a true story about Charlie McClain and his girls Kelly and Chris. It speaks about how change is inevitable in everyone's life. These changes may not always be pleasant, but it is how we rise up to the challenge and decide what we learn from these changes. It also speaks about being a parent and how parents and families are not perfect. Parenting isn't easy and everyone makes mistakes. I really love how it shows parents and kids alike that it is never to make things right, you cannot change what has happened in the past but you can decide how you are going to move forward.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Peter Strauss turns in a heartfelt performance as Mac, the dad who becomes a real father. It's a predictable story with a very predictable rivalry between an urban, affluent lifestyle and a modest ranch family with animals, cowboys, and "down-to-earth" values. The gentle romance between Mac and an earnest, sensitive social worker (Mary McDonnell) is well-played and believable.

The girls (Michelle Trachtenberg in an early role as the teen daughter and Yvonne Zima as her little sister) have difficult emotional work to do here, and they both meet the challenge. This made-for-TV movie, later released on DVD, was inspired by a true story.

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