• Review Date: July 24, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 2477 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Angelic miniseries pits good against evil.
  • Review Date: July 24, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 2477 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main character sticks up for the little guy at school and respects his family.


Martial arts scenes involving flamethrowers; a dog is hit by a car.

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Mild: "fool," "damn it," "holy crap," "hell," "shut up," etc.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main character is a teenage orphan who lives with a loving foster family. But the loss of his parents looms large (he mentions it several times), and it's the kind of situation that might scare younger viewers. At least two other scenes might also be frightening: a fantasy montage in which a father gives his daughter away to a band of "bad" angels, and one in which a dog is hit by a car.

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What's the story?

In the miniseries FALLEN, a typical teen finds his world turned upside down as he discovers that he's really half-human, half-angel. Paul Wesley (Everwood, American Dreams) plays Aaron Corbett, a likeable 18-year-old who -- after experiencing disturbing nightmares and discovering that he can talk to his dog and stop time -- realizes something strange is going on. But it's not until he meets Zeke (Emmy winner Tom Skerritt of Picket Fences and Top Gun), a fallen angel hoping to redeem himself, that Aaron realizes that his newfound powers mean he's the chosen one who can bridge the gap between the angels and mortals and good and evil.

Is it any good?


Because Fallen deals with otherworldly goings on, it might take younger viewers a while to get the gist of the story. What's more, there's quite a bit of violence, mostly involving martial arts and flamethrowers. But Aaron is a great role model: He sticks up for classmates who are picked on, treats his family with respect, and is dedicated to both athletics (wrestling) and academics.

Rounding out the cast are Rick Worthy, who plays Camael, an angel charged with delivering Corbett his news; and Chelah Horsdal and Russell Porter, who play Aaron's adoptive parents Lori and Tom Corbett. Of course, no TV movie would be compete without a little romance, so Fernanda Andrade takes on the role of Aaron's budding love interest, Portuguese teen Vilma.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about angels. Do they exist? What's their purpose? If kids ask about adoption and who would take care of them if their parents died, parents might want to discuss how other family members might step in.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 23, 2006
DVD release date:May 24, 2010
Cast:Paul Wesley, Rick Worthy, Tom Skerritt
Director:Mikael Salomon
Studio:Image Entertainment
Run time:2477 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Can't wait til the sequel next summer!

This movie was a really good movie, although they leave you at the end wondering what is going to happen to the young man until next summer in 2007. Over all it was 'good stuff'!


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