A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Barefoot is a romance with a little drama and comedy. Protagonist Jay is on probation, heavily in debt to a loan shark; he drinks, gambles, and smokes. But he's shown to be a good, if damaged, person at heart, trying to turn his life around. There's some violent punching and choking, with the victim of a brutal beating off camera. Sexual innuendo includes mention of "hand job" and "stiffy," and a nightclub setting has bikini-clad pole dancing. There's one kiss, and strong language includes "s--t" and "f--ked."
What's the story?
Lovable rogue Jay (Scott Speedman) just can't seem to get his life together. Heavily in debt to a loan shark and almost caught in violation of his parole agreement, he decides to skip town, head back to his rich family, and hopefully get the money he so desperately needs. He decides to take Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood), a young woman he just met, along to pass off as his girlfriend. But Daisy's escaped from a psychiatric hospital, and eventually the law catches up to them. They hit the road in a borrowed vintage RV, hoping to make it across the country and set things right before they get caught.
Is it any good?
BAREFOOT has at its heart a touching romance that vividly displays the considerable screen magnetism of both its stars. Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman both give strong performances that make it easy to see how someone could fall for them, and teens will enjoy watching how each of their dysfunctions perfectly complements the other as their romance unfolds.
There are some nuggets of a compelling story in there (Daisy's past, Jay's relationship with his family) that unfortunately get lost as the film has a hard time deciding where it really wants to go. It either lingers too long in the wrong place (the RV chase scene) or glosses over a moment or relationship we'd really like to know more about (when Jay's parents bail him out of jail). The result leaves feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction with the romance, mixed with the sense that you almost watched a really good movie.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how you know when you're in love. Daisy says it's when you know it can't be anything else. Do you agree?
Does Daisy and Jay's relationship seem believable? What do they do that seems realistic to you? What doesn't seem realistic?
What do you think would have become of Daisy and Jay if they hadn't met each other? Do you think they have a future together?
- On DVD or streaming: April 22, 2014
- Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman
- Director: Andrew Fleming
- Studio: WhiteFlame Productions
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Adventures
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: Some sexual content including references, partial nudity, brief strong language, and a scene of violence
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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