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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Everyone is looking for love, empowerment, and understanding. Families can foster those qualities through communication, compassion, and empathy.
Positive Role Models
Audrey and Otto both need the love they feel they weren't able to share or create with their biological families. Audrey wants a parental figure in her life, while Otto wants to re-create what he lost with his children. As the two get to know each other through communicating, empathizing, and sharing compassion, they begin to heal their wounds.
While the film doesn't have a lot of racial diversity, its portrayals include other meaningful representation. As Sunny, Otto's wife, Emily Kuroda grounds the film through her kindness and warmth. Another character, Sid (Malachi Nimmons), is in one scene as Audrey's ex-boyfriend. An actor of color plays an emergency room nurse.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes of violence in films shown on a television. A character accidentally saws the tip of their finger off; the bloody injury is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene showing characters in bed after sex. Mild sexual humor.
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Language includes "s--t," "f--k," "f----r."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At least two scenes with drinking. A character vapes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Adopting Audrey is a drama about an adult woman (Jena Malone) who longs for parental love. She puts herself up for adoption and connects with a man (Robert Hunger-Bühler) who's estranged from his children. Language isn't frequent but includes "f--k" and "s--t." There are also scenes with drinking and vaping, a bit of sexual humor, two characters shown in bed together (non-explicit), and a bloody wound caused by someone accidentally cutting off the tip of their finger. The film's ultimate message is that everyone is looking for love, empowerment, and understanding. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a lovely, quiet drama that focuses on the importance of human connection, particularly the connection between a parent and child. Audrey is played sincerely as a woman who's estranged from her own parents but longs to have a parent to care for her. Adopting Audrey tricks viewers a little by letting them think that Sunny was the one who really wanted to adopt an adult, but it turns out she was doing it for Otto, who won't say that he longs for better relationships with his adult children but clearly does. Hunger-Bühler plays the role with complexity, expertly doling out the various layers of Otto's personality, taking him from what could have been a stereotypical German man to a man who wants to be loved, just like anyone else, but feels he has failed at fatherhood.
This sweet film feels longer than its brief 92-minute runtime; it's intriguing and charming, but it does drag a touch. Still, Adopting Audrey is a great film for Malone fans, as well as fans of stories that focus on what films do best: exploring the connection between people.
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