Parents' Guide to

East of the Mountains

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Well-acted character drama has suicidal ideation, violence.

Movie NR 2021 93 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

But for three or four incidents of strong profanity . . . .

This has some strong profanity, and the common sense media preview of this particular category is way off. There is more than just one word. The story is interesting, albeit a little dark in places. Tom Skerritt is a great actor, and the others as well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Skerritt rises to the occasion to play a man of few words contending with an internal struggle against the picturesque Washington landscape. It's shocking to realize that Ben Givens is the first leading film role for Skerritt, who's been a cinematic fixture for decades, with memorable roles in everything from M*A*S*H* to Top Gun to A River Runs Through It. Like Tom Hanks in Cast Away or Robert Redford in All Is Lost, in East of the Mountains, he's a man who embarks on a journey with an intended destination, but circumstances arise that circumvent his plans. And, as in any good movie, the point of the trip isn't the destination, it's what you learn about yourself along the way.

But is East of the Mountains a good movie? Novel adaptations often get mucked up in translating someone's inner dialogue to a cinematic experience that viewers can understand, and that challenge is in play here. Givens is stoic; he doesn't give much away in his words or his expressions. Skerritt makes the most of what he's given, but without much in the way of dialogue, there's a lot that viewers just have to figure out on their own. That subtlety may be appreciated by adults with the life experience to appreciate what Givens is feeling, but full comprehension is going to be challenging for a lot of teens. Many moviegoers will walk away feeling like East of the Mountains is kind of a nothing movie, but it has plenty to say on the issue of death and aging, and that really is something.

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