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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Everyone is going through something difficult; it's important to have empathy for others' struggles. Writing them down can help you process your emotions, release self-judgments, gain new insights.
Positive Role Models
A central character helps free others of their burdens. Characters who co-exist in a neighborhood are generally friendly, look out for one another, are somewhat ethnically diverse. Jo Ann is quite curious, even verging into nosiness/trespassing, but she does mean well. Big mistakes in characters' pasts are revealed.
Violence & Scariness
An elderly man intentionally steps in front of a moving car (it happens offscreen; he's OK). Characters have suffered losses/pain in the past. Very gentle, quiet on-screen death. Spoiler alert: A character gets very upset telling the sad story of a young girl who almost dies of vehicular heatstroke.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Marital affection. A character is very taken with another.
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Very infrequent language includes "ass" and a Spanish insult.
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Products & Purchases
Background brands include Mercedes, Cadillac, and QVC. Meatball Magic and Mazda CX-5 are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An alcoholic character secretly drinks; her alcoholism has a devastating consequence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Change in the Air is a spiritual-ish drama that deals in the often painful human struggles that we all face -- and shows how finding someone to listen to those struggles can help us overcome them. Kids may not be particularly interested, but nothing in the movie is too edgy for older tweens. An elderly character steps in front of a car on purpose (it takes place offscreen, and he's OK), and another character is an alcoholic, which ultimately has serious consequences. One character is a stereotypically nosy neighbor whose busybody ways lead her to participate in some minor crimes, including driving without a license, breaking and entering, lying to a police officer, and stealing mail. Language is minimal but includes a use of "ass." Rachel Brosnahan, Mary Beth Hurt, and Aidan Quinn star. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a movie with a big message -- unfortunately, that message is unclear. As characters are introduced, a mystery unravels: Who are all these neighbors to each other? What are their personal struggles? And what is the new neighbor's secret, and how will she solve their problems? It would be nice to say that 94 minutes later, the answers to all of these questions were revealed with a whopping WOW, but, no. It ends with a "huh?" and a "did I miss something?"
This might be a faith-based film, but that's fuzzy, too. Most confounding is why well-respected, award-winning actors like Olympia Dukakis, Rachel Brosnahan, M. Emmet Walsh, and Aidan Quinn signed up for a film of such "eh" stature. Dukakis and Quinn perform admirably, given the circumstances, but Brosnahan mostly just walks and gazes while trying to be ethereal, so it's hard to give her kudos. Plus, it's challenging to follow the subplot in each of the houses, much less care about the characters themselves. And then there's the title. What exactly does it mean? On one hand, a young woman moves into a community, and her presence drives change; on the other, an aged gentleman always carries loose change with him, and there's a connection with birds flying in the air. So is the title a corny play on words? The only thing that is clear is that Change in the Air will keep you guessing long after the screen goes dark.
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