Parents' Guide to

Anything Is Possible

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Inspirational faith-based movie has heavy themes.

Movie NR 2013 93 minutes
Anything Is Possible Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Ethan Bortnick is amazing

To say that this movie has a "faith based" message is slightly misleading. The message is very positive and encouraging, but there is absolutely no explicit faith in God. The climatic song is about - anything is possible if you believe in yourself. But this movie is fun. It has a lot of great piano music performed by the actor himself, and the original music was written by this 12 year old. It is unfortunate that a movie that had so many kids, and might have appealed to kids, also had to have difficult mature topics. Almost everyone in the movie was encouraging. It might be a good movie for teens (or maybe slightly younger) to watch WITH parents if the parents preview it.

Is It Any Good?

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

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE is a positive movie about character and community, and it works a strong angle promoting faith and belief in getting through tough times. It depicts a strong community organizing around a suffering family and doing whatever it takes to help a local orphanage stay afloat and help a boy reunite with his rightful father. That said, it also promotes a likely very unrealistic idea about the odds of coming back after going missing in any military or rescue operation overseas.

For younger kids there's some heavy emotional content as it is, but for kids who've lost parents to military service, the ending may be a bit much. Otherwise, it's a solid film that can spark discussion about coping that features some impressive musical chops from real-life child piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate