A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Faith; loyalty; trust; believing in yourself; the strength of community in hard times.
Positive Role Models
Parents and adults are engaged and present, though not always straightforward. Nathan isn't told the truth about his father's identity, but parents and his community work in his interest to make sure he's taken care of. Kids are well-intentioned and have realistic concerns and flaws, though often speak in maturity that seems beyond their years. Some kids throw rocks at a house and break a window but later admit it and accept responsibility.
Violence & Scariness
Footage of the wreckage of tsunami; discussions of kid having heart surgery at age 3; men tell husband wife is missing and has possibly died overseas; some references to PTSD; visits with a sick kid receiving and recovering from chemo in the hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married couple kiss.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anything Is Possible features a mother in a military family possibly killed overseas, with the family held in suspense for the duration of the film. The family is further broken apart when the 10-year-old boy is put in an orphanage while his father's identity is determined, and for a period he runs away but remains unharmed. There are some intense scenes and conversations about grief and loss, some brief scenes that involve sick kids at a hospital, and references to PTSD and emotional heaviness throughout as they await news of the mother's fate. The film emphasizes the triumph of hope, character, and community, with a focus on using musical talent as a coping mechanism, but the mature content is better for older kids and may be too intense for kids who have actually lost a parent to military service. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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