A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes moving forward after grief, making the most of artistic gifts, finding strength in company of others.
Positive Role Models
Gifted pianist struggles with insecurity, recovers confidence, belief in himself; he's honest, thoughtful, compassionate. Ethnic diversity.
One use each of: "f--k off," "crap," "s--t," "fecal matter."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Moderate alcohol use in social situations and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Coda is an indie drama about a famously talented musician suffering from self-doubt after a long illustrious career, and a younger female journalist who wants to write his story. The movie builds their relationship as it follows the pianist through both personal and career crises. There's moderate alcohol use in social situations, and smoking. Other than a very few instances of profanity ("f--k off," "s--t"), there's nothing objectionable for teens. It deals with mature themes, however, and the subject matter may not be of interest to most. 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 tender study of an intense musical genius, whose career and inner life are resurrected by an idealistic young writer, is slow going and lacks energy in spite of solid performances. What was probably conceived of as a "leisurely" pace is, instead, slow, listless, and repetitive. It doesn't help that the filmmakers have devoted a great number of scenes to Henry alone, remembering, pondering, reflecting, and grieving. In addition, time and place are adrift. Scenes in Switzerland -- both present and past -- though beautifully shot, are intercut with scenes in New York, Boston, London -- present, past, and future. It's often difficult to identify the where and the when. Profound connections and bonds are hard to come by, and though Coda tries to share a lovely example of such a relationship, it's simply too thin and spiritless.
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