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Coal Miner's Daughter

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Loretta Lynn's tough but heartwarming biopic.

Movie PG 1980 125 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Old favourite

I watched this film in the eighties as a child around 13 and it stayed with me. I recently watched it with my daughter and i had to fast forward the wedding night bedroom scene, its very disturbing to watch now. Wow back then this happened alot, very young girls married off, heck who we kidding it is still happening in backward places. 13 , is too young. Thats my problem with this film I loved the story but I can never forget how young Loretta is. What a life she had though. Loretta and Doo stayed together until 1996 when Doo passed. It was a tumultuous relationship though. I guess why I give this 5 stars is its real, no pretentious. It happened. Past that awful bedroom scene the film is fabulous.
age 12+

This story speaks to the heart and contains enough truths about relationships

Tells the life story of Loretta Lynn and her about their rags-to-riches life of with depictions of career obstacles, marital conflicts, and battles with prescription drugs,the difficulties of show business. This story speaks to the heart and contains enough truths about relationships to make it collectively inspirational.

Is It Any Good?

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Music biopics are always compelling. Ray and Walk the Line both were nominated for and won Oscars. Kids today may not know much about Loretta Lynn, but they'll learn a lot -- and have fun -- watching COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, the biopic of her life that won Spacek an Academy Award.

Given where Loretta comes from, it's amazing to see her rise to superstardom. It's also amazing to see the strength and confidence she shows to stand up in a honkytonk full of men and become their "girl singer." But Spacek's Loretta is complex: She's alternately meek and fiery with her husband. She's got an inner strength that's belied by her delicate voice and features. And director Michael Apted does a good job of including small moments that make Doo and Loretta's relationship real. And unlike more recent music biopics, Coal Miner's Daughter isn't soaked in cold-turkey rehab and horrible drug addiction. Like its star, the film is beautiful, quiet, charismatic, and gentle.

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