Come from Away

Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Touching musical has emotional intensity, mild language.

NR 2021 106 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 9+

wonderful musical for kids who know about 9/11

Come From Away is a surprisingly warm-hearted, human, generally positive musical about September 11th. It would only make sense to a child who understands the basic outline of what happened on that date -- I would not recommend watching it if your child doesn't start with those basics. The show does not go into details about the horrors, and many small mentions (the smoke still in the air days later) would go over their heads. It is clear that some characters are worried about loved ones, and we learn near the end that one character's firefighter son died. There's also a mention of a bonobo's baby dying (the pregnant bonobo happened to be on one of the planes that was grounded, and was being cared for). There's a gay couple who are major characters, a couple jokes about "sexetary" (instead of "secretary). There are a couple of passionate kisses between a man and a woman who are clearly falling in love. There are drunk people acting silly. I'm totally comfortable with all of that for my 9 year old. Overall, it is the story of the quirky, generous people in a tiny town in Newfoundland who find themselves caring for the thousands of people who were grounded at their airport for days during and after September 11th. In general the musical does not feel tragic or scary, but mostly uplifting (with sad moments), a show about humanity at its best. Good songs, good stories. My 13 year old adored it (understood more of the nuance) and my 9 year old enjoyed it, too.

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