Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Teen-friendly romcom has potential but tries too hard.

PG-13 2015 105 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

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Ultimately Unrealistic

Though the movie is entertaining and the actors are charismatic to watch and work well together, the overall message of the movie is the ends justify the means. When the characters “resolve” their conflicts, the result is unrealistic. This movie does not give an accurate or realistic depiction of consequences for actions. The main character, Brian, seems to easily slide out of his tough situations at the end of the movie, magically becoming the hero. This movie sets up the main character to be virtuous when in fact he does very little that is of virtue. Aloha does not provide great role models (husbands are cowardly, men and women have sexual relations out of wedlock, married people have inappropriate emotional relationships with single people, characters sabotage other’s projects, characters manipulate others to get what they want, etc.) If a young person does not have a well formed conscience, this movie would confuse him/her. That is why I suggest this movie only for older teens and hopefully with their parents’ input and discussion after they watch it to discuss what was actually heroic and what was not. Do the ends truly justify the means? Overall, I would not recommend this for children or teens because it glorifies dishonorable behavior and shows unrealistic reactions to certain circumstances.

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