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Angel in the House

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Adoption drama has positive messages but intense scenes.

Movie PG 2013 90 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Heartwarming find on the Dove Channel

The movie Angel in the House is a heartwarming story about a young couple and a foster child that shows up on their doorstep unexpectedly one day. Maurice Cole who plays the child, Eli, is a stand-out actor with incredible talent for a young kid. Alongside Toni Collette and Ioan Gruffudd, he brings a heartwarming, wise, and lovable character to life in this drama that any family can resonate with. I’m so happy I found this movie on the Dove Channel.

This title has:

Great messages
age 9+

I’d watch this again.

The acting was superb, the plot easy to follow. Not cheesy, great soundtrack. Moving, I found myself smiling several times enjoying it a lot. The sets and everything were great- I just really REALLY liked it. It was well done.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

This affecting drama has some positive messages about adoption, healing, faith, and compassion. Veteran Toni Colette adds weight to what is an otherwise iffy premise: A mysterious boy shows up at the home of a grieving couple to help them find their way back to happiness and living. Some of the scenes concerning the loss of their young son in a car accident are extremely difficult to watch, and some involve very intense feelings at his grave site. There's a kind of tidiness to the film that resolves everything a little too easily -- the boy comes into their lives and fixes all their problems by sheer virtue of his plucky wisdom, and no one seems to question any of it. But that may be just the message some kids and parents are here for: the idea that if you just open your mind and heart to unexpected transformation and healing, it will come. Beware the intensity, though, and the feeling that this is Toni Colette doing a bit of a second, hokier Sixth Sense.

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