Parents' Guide to

Extraordinary Measures

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mediocre medical drama is too heavy for young viewers.

Movie PG 2010 109 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

14 and up.

extraordinary measures is a drama and emotional movie that deals with heavy themes such as medical problems,children's life-threatening genetic disease,consequently, several scenes depict sick kids who are near death,and their inconsolable parents that maybe too much for your young kids this movie is best for older teens although the movie does not have violence but it shows very disturbing images of very sick hospitalized children there's no sex but it shows john and Aileen kiss and they make out on a couch half-dressed after she makes a seductive suggestion about helping him take off his clothes there's also some strong language used and also Adults that drink socially in a bar and at dinner the message is about a family fighting for their children.

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Great messages
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Too much sex
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age 15+

Nice Story, but Intense

This movie was intense for the longest time. My brother and I wanted to see it because of Harrison Ford mostly, however his character was unlike the ones I have seen him play before. There were several cuss words and many occasions of the Lord's Name being taken in vain. It deals with a very serious story line which would be upsetting to young children. However, minus those aspects, it was a nice message about a family fighting for their children. God is the ultimate Healer should have been the main message. It was a very interesting and nice story though. The two main children make it, which is awesome!! Thx and may GOD bless

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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Think of this so-so drama as a two-part episode of Grey's Anatomy (minus the sex) or an especially well-cast Lifetime movie. There's nothing wrong with sugary-sweet medical dramas based on true stories, but, for the most part, they belong on television, where treacly, feel-good stories about parents who won't quit on their sick children are quite effective. What's usually lacking in those made-for-TV medical dramas is a rude, loner scientist a la Ford's Dr. Stonehill, who treats everyone poorly and prefers to work alone with classic rock blaring so loudly that the other lowly researchers can't concentrate. Ford's curmudgeonly doctor is a composite of several scientists, which makes his off-putting personality all the more incomprehensible; he seems to have given birth to a performance by Tommy Lee Jones and Al Pacino, only it just doesn't work.

Fraser and Russell are appropriately optimistic and determined as the parents of Pompe-stricken children, and Droeger is adorable as a sweet and fierce little fighter. Director Tom Vaughan also perfectly cast the supporting players, like David Clennon (Once and Again and thirtysomething) and Jared Harris (Mad Men and Fringe), who expertly play a venture capitalist and pharmaceutical executive, respectively. But Vaughan forgot to tone down Ford's performance into a relatable character. Yes, this is a touching film, but it's predictable and, in the case of Ford's character, unbearable. Occasional laughs and tears aside, there's nothing memorable about what should be a remarkable story.

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