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All Is Bright

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Oddly touching Christmas tale about ex-con, jilted love.

Movie R 2013 107 minutes
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ALL IS BRIGHT is a movie about transformation and forgiveness that's masquerading as a buddy comedy, with two main characters who are as unlikely to be friends as pals can be. Dennis is a drifter and a malcontent, embittered by the hand that life -- and a life of crime -- has dealt him. Rene is oblivious and jolly, unencumbered by too many failures. No wonder their friendship combusts.

But the beauty of All Is Bright is that its metamorphosis into a movie with, yes, a message is subversive. And redemption doesn't come in the form that the audience might expect. The happenstance way that people who run into one another's orbit changes their lives is captured here, though the movie's charms are tempered somewhat by its circuitous script, and the pacing is frustratingly dogged at times, too. All Is Bright isn't a Christmas story in the classic sense, but it tugs at the heart nonetheless.

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