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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tragedy is random and unavoidable, and overcoming it can be slow, painful, and all-consuming. Positive message about how creativity can flourish after grief.
Positive Role Models
Tomas is a good stepfather to Mina. He cares about Kate and never forgets about his connection to her and what happened when his life intersected with hers.
Violence & Scariness
A child dies in a car accident. Another child is trapped in a freak accident at a fair.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Embracing, kissing between adults.
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Occasional use of words including "s--t" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man smokes marijuana a few times. Christopher has a beer with Tomas; it's unclear whether he's of age yet. A character seems to want to drink himself to death.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Every Thing Will Be Fine is a relationship drama that stars well-known actors James Franco and Rachel McAdams but is unlikely to appeal to younger audiences. The movie not only revolves around a heavy theme -- the death of an unknown child in a car accident -- but it's contemplative and plays out across many years in a way that most teens will likely find tedious. There's quite a bit of substance use -- to the point of a character's suicide attempt -- as well as some drinking by a not-quite-legal-adult. There's also a scary moment when someone is trapped during a freak accident at a local fair. Families who do see the film together may want to discuss healthy and unhealthy ways to handle grief and tragedy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Wim Wenders' forgettable drama features a robotic lead performance by Franco, who looks as utterly bored by the material as the audience will be throughout this misguided, disappointing film. There's barely a scene when Tomas looks animated by anything -- grief, anger, love, resignation, happiness. We know what he's supposed to be feeling, but Franco just misses conveying it, either because the writing is off or because his performance is so wooden that he couldn't bother to properly emote -- something we all know he can actually do (when he wants to).
The trio of female supporting characters don't get off much better, because they don't have much to do. McAdams affects a strange, unidentifiable accent as Sara, Tomas' initial girlfriend. Gainsbourg once again plays a grieving mother who's hollowed out by her grief. And Croze's Ann knows something is going on with Tomas, but she's also thrilled to have a stepfather for Mina, her daughter. Unfortunately, Wenders doesn't manage to coax a single outstanding performance from a fine cast. Not only does this drama drag on at two minutes shy of two hours, but it doesn't have much to say, either.
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