A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Empathy for family and friends is necessary to help them recover from a severe life disappointment.
Positive Role Models
Maggie seems like a good, hardworking person who values her relationships with family and friends. Her cousin Fiona seems similar, since she flies Maggie to her Caribbean resort to take care of her. Maggie and Fiona support each other as Maggie heals from her emotional wound. Maggie's new love interest, Sam, takes care of his son after his wife left them.
Main characters are all White except for Fiona's boyfriend/lawyer, Victor, who is Black. The other people of color who appear on screen are extras.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Intense kissing/making out. Scenes with bare male chest/woman in sports bra. Sexual humor.
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Fiona jokingly calls her cousin Maggie a "slut."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Fiona suggests/jokes about whether Maggie could have a cocaine habit because she's a celebrity. Adult characters drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Week in Paradise is a Caribbean-set romcom about an actress (Malin Akerman) recovering from the collapse of her marriage. Expect light sexual humor and sexual situations (including a man without a shirt and a woman in a sports bra). Characters use a few unsavory words, like "slut," and there's drinking and a mention of cocaine. The film aims to promote the importance of empathy. 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 Week in Paradise is, unfortunately, barely a movie. It was made by the people behind Chicken Soup for the Soul, so there's an element of soothing familiarity. But that element is so bare-bones -- and the film so clumsily made -- that it just makes what could have been a predictable but still enjoyable film into a nonsensical farce.
The characters are all archetypes, saying lines and acting in ways that don't seem believable, much less human. The threadbare script seems to blame; perhaps the actors were left to (badly) improv large chunks of their scenes. And many scenes are confusingly in slow motion, contributing to the feeling that there wasn't a lot of story present and the film needed to be padded out in order to reach a feature-length runtime. Overall, A Week in Paradise might be good for a Mystery Science Theater 3000-style watch party, where you laugh at the film's unintentional errors. But that's the only way you'll receive enjoyment from this clunky "feel good" movie.
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