Abe

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Gentle story of family unity has some strong language.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

Lots of strong messages about the value of hard work and perseverance paying off; about how family can and should come together in times of crisis; and about how blending cultures and influences brings out the best in each. You don't have to choose a side; you should just be yourself and draw from everything that influences you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Abe is a strong role model for hard work, creativity, and perseverance. He wants to find a way to bring his family together. He makes a couple of bad choices, but there are consequences and a safe resolution for both. Abe's family provides positive representations of Jewish and Palestinian cultures and ideas; although they argue and bicker, they all show their love for Abe. When Abe goes to work in a professional kitchen he meets a diverse group of cooks from many backgrounds and ethnicities.

Violence

Brief sadness over a death. Abe uses social media a lot, and some brief trolling is shown, which he doesn't let bother him.

Sex
Language

"S--t," "ass," "d-bag," "balls busted," "crap," and Portuguese curse "filho da puta."

Consumerism

Incidental household and tech products visible in the background. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults have wine and beer with meals and at celebrations. Abe asks for wine with dinner, his mother says no, but his grandfather gives him some, saying having a little now will keep him from being a drunk when he's older. Abe also sips wine at another meal.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Abe is about a 12-year-old Brooklyn boy named Abe (Noah Schnapp) who's both Palestinian and Jewish. It has positive messages about hard work, perseverance, and togetherness. And there are a lot of positive role models for a wide range of cultures and ethnicities. Kids will learn about food and what makes certain combinations work, and they'll also be exposed to big political/historical topics like cultural appropriation, the Holocaust, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and more. Expect some strong language, including "s--t," "ass," "crap," and the Portuguese curse "filho da puta," which isn't translated. The death of a grandparent isn't shown or dealt with in depth, but there's brief sadness. Abe sips wine a couple of times at family meals. His frequent use of social media includes brief instances of trolling, which he takes in stride.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLitlbuda February 20, 2021

Multicultural Kids and Cookng

There are few movies that deal with the issues of being bicultural/multicultural and/or racial, for kids growing up. This one is dealt with in a interesting and... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written bykromain70 June 27, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written bysmoothlikebutter55 June 4, 2020

Its a good family movie, but a bit dry.

I watched this movie because my sister really likes the lead character, Abe who is played by Noah Schnapp. The movie was decent, a bit boring at some parts. and... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 25, 2020

What's the story?

ABE (Noah Schnapp) is a 12-year-old boy living in Brooklyn who loves food and loves to cook. But with Palestinian heritage on one side of the family and Jewish heritage on the other, family meals mostly descend into arguments and bitter feelings on both sides. Abe wants to find a way to bring the two sides together, and when he discovers fusion cooking, he thinks he's found a way to do just that. He starts training with a popular Brooklyn chef (Seu Jorge), which exposes him to a vast, new world of culinary arts. Unfortunately, he hides what he's doing from his parents by ditching the day camp he's supposed to attend. And when they find out what's been going on, it looks like Abe's dream of finally bringing the family together could be in danger.

Is it any good?

You don't have to be a gourmet to appreciate all the lovely images of food, from preparation to presentation, that are the backbone of this gentle story about a boy bringing family together. Abe is bound to make your mouth water whatever level of interest you have in the culinary arts. Served up alongside Abe's love of food is a gentle, low-key story that kids and families of all kinds will relate to. Some of the acting and the script are a bit stilted, but Noah Schnapp is an engaging presence on screen, and Seu Jorge is wonderful as a solid rock to lean on.

Abe may inspire some kids to get into the kitchen themselves. It's also a good opportunity to learn about the history of conflict between Israel and Palestine, and a nice reminder of how families should lift one another up instead of tearing each other down. Brief strong language makes it best for tweens and up, but it's otherwise a pleasant way for families to enjoy some togetherness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the strong language in Abe. Is it realistic? Does that matter? Is it a big deal? Why or why not?

  • What kind of effect do the family arguments have on Abe? How do you feel when you hear others argue? How do you resolve things when you disagree with someone?

  • Do you like to cook? If you never have, would you like to try? What foods did you see in the movie that you'd like to make?

  • What character strengths does the movie celebrate? Are there any role models?

Movie details

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For kids who love food

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