Parents' Guide to

Big Stone Gap

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Flat comedy about small-town '70s life lacks laughs.

Movie PG-13 2015 103 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

a sweet love story

a full star cast with a sweet love story. the stars should have been Jenna Elfman and Paul Wilson. They stole the show. I think some of the best scenes may have hit the cutting room floor. but it is still a really cute movie about a small town in Virginia with nice home town people.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

The town of Big Stone Gap seems like a nice enough place to live, if you don't have very big dreams or much desire to see what's going on in the rest of the world; the film is about the same. It's narrowly focused on a very small slice of life, which may appeal to some viewers, but many others may find it slow. All the characters are pleasant enough, though none of them are very complex or well fleshed-out. Even Ave Maria, the main character, seems like a blank page, waiting for a random series of plot complications to be inscribed.

The basic story is simple, with Ave Maria uncovering some long-buried family secrets. But each chapter feels like a totally different tale, without much to connect them and little to propel the plot or maintain viewers' interest. None of the characters ever leaps off the screen, and the film doesn't give us much reason to care about them.

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