A Father's Choice

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

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

PG 2009 96 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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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

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