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Bennett's Song

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Well-intentioned tale about adoption has mild language.

Movie NR 2018 107 minutes
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There's a sweetness and tenderness to this movie that makes its amateurish feel almost forgivable. Bennett's Song is a public service announcement touting the virtues of tolerance, family togetherness, loyalty, decency, and humane child-rearing. But the camera work, lighting, editing, and script are undeniably unpolished and the acting is downright clumsy. The movie has no narration until the closing moments, when one character's voice-over speaks as if that character had been telling the entire story from her point of view, a notion for which there's no evidence anywhere else in the film.

A viewer may want to root for Bennett's Song, but even this feeling can be undermined when it repeatedly tells us that Bennett, played by Harley Wallen (who is also the director), is "cute for an old guy," a "hot dad," and someone who should be showing off his six-pack and "guns" to attract women. Overall, this is so well-intentioned that one wishes that the script, direction, and actors were good enough to give the movie's wonderful ideas the support they deserve.

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