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Common Sense Media says

Intense, treacly Cruise-Kidman immigrant epic.

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Adult Written byDBarto February 6, 2010
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This Boat has a Few Holes in it

This is not a bad movie, but it is nowhere near a perfect one. There is some semi-strong language in this one, including hell, ass, son of a b*tch, piss, godd*mn, and vulgar remarks related to genitals (p*ssy). In the Sex department, you can see Shannon's exposed breast at one point, Joseph's butt, and a few times where the word p*ssy gets thrown around. There is a heck of a lot of drinking. They are both immigrants from Ireland, and the movie plays into that stereotype quite a bit. There is a lot of violence from a man getting shot twice at point blank range to Joseph fighting at a boxing match. The story is a little “Far and Away” in the terms of how far fetched this is. They get all the immigration stuff right, but they fail in the set up of how Shannon and Joseph become acquainted with each other. At the start of the movie Joseph's dad dies and leaves Joseph and his two brothers with a large debt on the land they rented out. So during the funeral their house gets burned to the ground by one of the landlord's riders who evict people from their houses. So Joseph is going to go to the landlord's property and kill him. But on his way he runs into the landlord (Daniel) and watches him get drunk at a pub (Irish Stereotype). After that he goes to his house with his gun and sleeps in the stable until morning so he can kill the landlord. The only problem is Shannon, who is the landlord's daughter, finds him in the stable and stabs him in the leg with a pitchfork. She runs inside and watches as Joseph tries to kill her father (landlord) and fails as the gun backfires into his face. So her family takes him in and cares for him. That is the first problem with the story, they take him in after he tries to kill the landlord. The second problem is that Shannon falls in love with Joseph. He tried to kill her father. So why she does I will never know. But most of the story problems do get worked out as the movie progresses and they immigrate to America. The acting is decent. Some of the scenes are overacted while some are underacted. The music is great thanks to John Williams' work with the score. The script is so-so do to what the set up was while they were in Ireland. Overall, this is an okay movie. It is not the best romantic movie I have seen, but it is not the worst. 3 out of 5.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byJewlz57 January 31, 2009
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The best movie I have EVER seen!

This is a great love story, with a happy ending. This is the BESTEST movie I have ever seen!
Teen, 13 years old Written bySeminolefreak July 19, 2011
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11
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Pretty good . not the best though.

My MPAA Rating, PG-13: Language, sexuality,brief animal violence, and intense strong violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byashmyrick January 6, 2012
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14
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good and a great movie to watch

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoison Ivey December 3, 2009
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14
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We watched this is 8th grade social studies today, sooooo.... when the teacher announced it I was like erm okay, it's gonna be boring cause we're watching it in school. And the beginning was kinda dry, but it unmistakably got better as the movie progressed, about 15 minutes. The was some language, I acctaully decided to count how many times they used the P word next time I watch it (since I rented it to watch again). there was little sex, even though Joseph and Shannon live in a tenement full of scantily clad prostitutes, Shannon accutally being one of them at one point. The violence level is indeed high, plenty of shootings, fistfights, boxing matches and animal cruelty!!! Joseph punches his horse to make it behave and I can understand why he punched some of the men he did, but a horse? I mean, come on! It's an animal! Anyways, it's a good movie but I think i made it sound too appropraite I would stick with common sense's advice ;) And Tom Cruise I love u
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byxotitanicox May 4, 2009
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11
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Great!

I loved it. I really enjoyed Australia, and this is similar. I really enjoyed the relationship between Shannon (Nicole Kidman) and Joseph (Tom Cruise)