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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People and communities are strong and can accomplish amazing things when they come together and everyone pitches in to help and solve problems. Terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, had profound impact on people in unexpected ways, unexpected places. Welcoming and helping strangers can enrich your life in many ways.
Positive Role Models
Townspeople model teamwork, communication, compassion, perseverance. The passengers understandably experience anger, fear, confusion, but adapt to their strange situation; most make the best of it. The only negative behavior is when they shun and later lash out at fellow passenger they identify as "Middle Eastern."
Except for two Black actors, large ensemble cast, with everyone playing multiple parts, are all light skinned. Race or ethnicity isn't addressed in detail, but one passenger identified as "Middle Eastern" experiences racism and racial profiling, and one minor character identifies as Orthodox Jewish. Most characters play or represent people from around the world. Two passengers are a same-sex couple. The cast all seem to be over 30, most even older, are a wide range of body types/sizes. The airline pilot is a woman. Several different faiths are represented in scene showing passengers praying or worshipping.
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Violence & Scariness
Backdrop is terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Nothing of those events is shown or directly narrated, but they're referred to a lot. A baby chimp that was delivered prematurely doesn't survive.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief, lighthearted innuendo about sexiness and attraction, and a couple of kisses.
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"F--k" is bleeped out once. "S--t," "holy s--t," "damn," and "arse" (British) used once or twice each.
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Products & Purchases
Tim Hortons, American Airlines, and Grey Goose vodka.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple of scenes, including a musical number, take place in a bar. The all-adult cast shows some drunken behavior; one character doesn't remember everything that happened that night. Passengers are served alcohol while stuck on a plane to pass the time. Brief excess is shown. Passengers take part in a ritual involving local alcohol that's said to taste terrible. A brief reference to prescription heart medication.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Come from Away is a filmed performance of a Broadway musical drama based on real people and events. It's about airline passengers on September 11, 2001, whose flight was ordered to land at an airport in Newfoundland after all flights in the United States were immediately grounded, and stayed grounded for several days afterward. No violence from the terrorist attacks is shown or narrated directly, but the attacks serve as the foundation for the story and are mentioned often. Sensitive viewers who remember the day may experience some emotional triggers. Strong language includes a bleeped-out "f--k." "S--t" and "damn" are heard a couple of times. There's some brief innuendo about sexiness, and a couple of kisses. A couple of scenes take place in a bar, and passengers in a plane are given free drinks, with some excess shown. A pregnant chimpanzee is discovered in a cargo hold. The baby chimp was delivered prematurely and doesn't survive. Townspeople model teamwork, communication, compassion, and perseverance. There's little content of concern, but kid appeal may be limited by the all-adult cast, most over 30, and the low-key production value. 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 filmed version of a Broadway musical performance is touching and ultimately upbeat, but it may be an emotional trigger for viewers who remember the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Based on real people and events, Come from Away doesn't rehash that terrible day, but tells a little-known side of the story that shows how a community coming together can make anything happen, and how people who are very different on the outside can come together and touch each other's lives in meaningful ways. Compassion, community, faith, fear, heartache, humanity, and more are all explored with humor and heart in this brief look at a terrible moment in time.
It almost leans more toward opera -- most of the stories are told in song with brief exchanges of dialogue in between. But the music is thoroughly modern and does a good job of moving the story along without being awkward. Moving cameras and a section of the stage that rotates add a dynamic feel to watching a theatrical performance. The acting and singing are solid, with each cast member deftly switching quickly between several roles. The all-adult characters and their stories may limit kid appeal, but tweens and up who are interested in history and curious about the events and their aftermath will learn a lot about 9/11 through the personal stories of many different kinds of people.
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