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An Unfinished Life

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sentimental drama; not likely to interest kids.

Movie PG-13 2005 107 minutes
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It is not mentioned that it shows at a distance the mom hooked up with the sheriff and they pull over to have sex. In the end everything worked out but it just left me feeling empty rather than inspired.

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Too much sex
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Although this movie is sentimental with heavy-handed symbolism, it features a fine performance by Robert Redford. As he did in his wonderful movie My Life as a Dog, Lasse Hallström pays special attention to the experiences of a child.

The film's literally looming metaphor for forgiveness is the grizzly that Mitch calls "my bear." Wise, kind, and crusty-cozy, Mitch is the sort of role for which Freeman is best known and rewarded (in affect and inflection, he's related to Freeman's character in Million Dollar Baby).

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 9, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: July 27, 2021
  • Cast: Jennifer Lopez , Morgan Freeman , Robert Redford
  • Director: Lasse Hallstrom
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some violence including domestic abuse, and language
  • Last updated: September 28, 2023

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