Country Remedy

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Well-meaning, predictable family drama has mature themes.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 102 minutes

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Positive Messages

If you're arrogant and bossy, people won't like or trust you. Treat everyone as individuals with respect. Open yourself to your surroundings and let yourself go with the natural rhythm of life around you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dr. Gibbs learns to treat people respectfully, not to look down on them, and that they are capable of more than they seem. He and his son Nate are emotionally distant with each other because they're both grieving Mrs. Gibbs' death three months ago. Mayor Terry Hudson gives helpful advice and constructive criticism and isn't afraid to speak her mind.

Violence

Mourning the death of a loved one is a prominent theme. A flashback shows a bloody handkerchief after coughing. Blood on hands and on the dress of a woman in labor. The woman screams during childbirth, and a surgical incision is shown. The baby is in peril. A baby dies; the parents' emotional reactions are shown. A boy's life is in peril when he's lost and has an asthma attack; he's seen breathing heavily and collapsing, but there's a safe resolution. Bullies are mean and aggressive, knocking an ice cream cone out of a kid's hand. Eventually they come around and are helpful. A boy hears scary noises at night, and scary noises come from the dark basement.

Sex

A woman flirts, moves suggestively, and uses mild sexual innuendo. Two women wear clingy clothes, once each, that reveal some cleavage.

Language

"Poop," "sucks," "crap."

Consumerism

CVS mentioned. Reference to a "fancy" truck that's prominently shown to be a GMC.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A "lovable town drunk"-type is shown passed out and behaving drunkenly, and his tendency to fall off the bed is played for comedy. He sobers up as the story goes along. A minor character drinks from what looks like a beer bottle. An asthma inhaler is shown and used several times. A background character smokes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Country Remedy was released theatrically as Simple Things. Mourning the loss of a loved one is a prominent theme. There's some mild gore in the form of blood on hands and clothing and the showing of a surgical incision. A minor character screams during childbirth, the baby's life is in peril, and (spoiler alert) eventually it dies. There's an incident of bullying with shoving and knocking ice cream out of a kid's hand, but the bullies eventually come around when they're asked to help out. A couple of scenes are dark with scary noises. Profanity includes "poop," "sucks," and "crap."  A woman flirts, moves suggestively, and uses mild sexual innuendo.  A "lovable town drunk"-type is shown passed out and behaving drunkenly, and his tendency to fall off the bed is played for comedy. He sobers up as the story goes along. The cast is not diverse, but a woman is the town mayor. The main characters are positive role models in the sense that they don't behave badly, but neither the lessons they learn nor the movie's positive messages about how to get along are conveyed very strongly.

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What's the story?

Dr. Gibbs (Cameron Bancroft) is a pediatrician who has finally got a chance to be named head of the department at the big-time Chicago hospital where he works. But his boss isn't sure he's really ready to take on the new job considering that his wife passed away just three months ago. So the boss sends Dr. Gibbs to spend the summer in North Carolina, running a clinic for a small, rural community. Dr. Gibbs' son, 10-year-old Nate, is less than thrilled with this last-minute plan. Will a COUNTRY REMEDY help them connect to each other and to the world again?

Is it any good?

Country Remedy's heart is in the right place. It's a wholesome, family-friendly movie about a dad and son struggling to find their way while grieving. Unfortunately, the acting's not very strong, and the few things not completely predictable about the plot are broadcast well in advance. It's almost impossible to form real connections with the characters or the story, so although it's fairly harmless, in the end there just doesn't seem to be much point to it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about learning how to fit in, especially if you're someplace new. How does Dr. Gibbs become part of the community? What does he do, or stop doing, to get along and earn people's respect?

  • Why does Nate run away? Have you ever thought about or tried running away? What happened? 

  • Nate has to use an inhaler. Do you know what it's for? Do you know anyone who uses an inhaler? 

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