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Adopting Audrey

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Charming, empathetic film about parental love has swearing.

Movie NR 2022 92 minutes
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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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