A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Traditional message: simple, small-town life based on solid values is better than big-city life of competition and false values. Promotes finding what makes you happy, discovering who you really are, and striving to fulfill your dreams. Supports an eco-friendly consciousness.
Positive Role Models
Heroine learns to appreciate the rewards of hard work, close friendships, a generous community, and natural beauty of the planet. She is determined, resourceful, courageous, and good-hearted. Typical small-town, unsophisticated folks are shown to be welcoming, helpful, and honest. Ethnic diversity throughout.
Violence & Scariness
Some comic pratfalls, i.e., being scared by the unexpected appearance of a goat, mishaps in a dilapidated building. One suspenseful sequence in which characters and property are threatened by fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Female wears a bikini.
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One "crap," one "prostitute."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine and beer in social settings. A character drowns her sorrows in a bottle of wine in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Falling Inn Love is a romantic comedy that follows a hard-working California woman to a New Zealand countryside after some setbacks in her career and personal life. It's a typical "fish-out-of-water" story, which delivers the popular and oft-told messages about the joys of small-town life and values versus the high-energy, competitive world of the big city. Viewers will be treated to the usual contemporary romcom players: the successful boyfriend who doesn't want to commit; a rough-hewn, handsome young man still grieving for his lost love; the happily-established gay couple; and an assortment of other rustic folks. There are some mildly suspenseful minutes when a fire breaks out in a local establishment (no violence, no injuries). Wine and beer are served in social settings and the heroine drowns her sorrows with a bottle of wine in one early sequence. Romantic scenes include kisses and a playful beach montage with the leading lady in a bikini. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Without a single inventive character or original situation, the film almost succeeds on the merits of wholesomeness alone, but the stale final sequence makes it finally irredeemable. There's more romance than comedy, unless seeing someone repeatedly being scared by the unexpected presence of a goat makes for laughs. And while it's fun to see a person (or "inn") go from ugly duckling to swan, Falling Inn Love skims over the beauties of transformation and avoids any mention of the challenges of funding the protagonist's pricey project, so it's simply a means of advancing the plot. Taking center stage are the quirky folksy folks, and the "girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back" through-line. Even that is made is made silly by the ridiculousness of what separates them. Okay for a diversion, but otherwise not recommended.
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