August Rush

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Pleasant, emotional, fable-like family drama.

PG 2007 113 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 37 reviews

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age 13+

What Is The Message?

This movie bothered me a little bit. Sure it was a good family movie, and covered the beautiful journey of a young boy searching for where he belonged. That was fine. However, I wasn't sure what the movie was trying to get across? The overarching story is that a young woman met a guy somewhat like her on a roof. After five seconds of talking to him, they make out and end up having sex (nothing shown until the morning) on a random roof. They part ways and battle work and family life to find each other. Both are unaware of their son, who is wandering through New York trying to find them. Apparently, after thinking about each other for the ELEVEN YEARS they've been apart, they drop everything and rush back to the place they met to find each other again, and also find their son. Yes, it's cute, yes, it's heartwarming, yet it's also kind of disturbing. First of all, they had a kid without even meeting a second time and completely disregarding birth control. After being separated, they both spontaneously decide that they were meant for each other and rush off to New York. I want my kids to see realistic love stories, like that between me and my husband, or some of our couple friends, not flimsy, weepy, unrealistic stories like this. After finishing this movie, my 11-year-old and I had a conversation about true love. Both of us agreed that "love at first sight" is merely a first impression, and that what they did was irresponsible. Other than that, I think it was a cute movie, and the story of the boy was great, but the parents' backstory is just a little too unbelievable. I don't want my kids thinking that's love.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 10+

This movie is now #3 on my list of favorite artistic movies

While I agree with the parent who wrote that it should not be treated as a shining example of "true love", you can discuss that fact with your children. It's just a story. I had a harder time explaining the mysticism to my son. That said, I agree with the principal view that music is all around us, even though not everybody can "tune in." I did roll my eyes when little August, with only one lesson on actual theory and practice, writes this beatiful piece and gets accepted to Julliard and goes straight to conducting the Phil. You will need to explain that this is completely unrealistic; even musical geniuses need to study and practice to achieve such goals.

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