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Parents' Guide to

Always (1989)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sentimental '80s romantic adventure has mild cursing.

Movie PG 1989 122 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Steven Spielberg's afterlife romance is mildly entertaining, best appreciated by those who like a healthy serving of sappiness alongside. And knowing that Always is a remake of a 1943 Spencer Tracy/Irene Dunne movie may help those in the eyeroll camp forgive the scenes where the music starts to swell, and swell some more. The action sequences are few and far between, but Spielberg's knack for creating and maintaining tension and suspense is well on display.

Dreyfuss and Hunter are most effective in the in-between moments, when their natural talents and finely-honed acting establish relatable characters we care about. Big-emotion scenes, which both actors also handle well, unfortunately feel too set up, as though the movie's pausing so they can get an "Oscar-worthy" moment out of it. Adults with high expectations of the strong cast and crew (Audrey Hepburn's last movie!) may feel disappointment that it doesn't live up to all that potential, but teen romance fans who can handle the themes of grief, the afterlife, and the occasional strong language will enjoy this solid love story.

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