A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie includes many metaphorical references to classic stories like King Arthur. Characters draw parallels between the books and their lives and learn lessons from the literary characters' struggles. The story has a lot to offer in the way of life lessons as well, as the young characters learn the value of qualities like honesty, perseverance, and respect.
Viewers see a teen stand up for what's right even when peer pressure encourages him to turn a blind eye, which is a great message about strength of character and respecting others. Tables turn on bullies, who lose their spots on the football team and the respect of their friends. Other prominent themes include accepting differences, open-mindedness, and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
A strong family structure forms the basis for characters' sense of right and wrong. Parents share domestic and child-rearing duties equally and encourage open communication within the family, which helps the kids make good decisions in difficult situations. A football coach holds his team to high standards both on the field and off and stands by his word even when it means cutting two top players at a crucial point in the season. Many characters demonstrate a willingness to change for the better when they're facing challenges.
Violence & Scariness
School bullies push a teen around and shove him into a wall. Football scenes feature lots of tackles, include a few that culminate in brief scuffles.
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Products & Purchases
The movie is sponsored by Walmart and Proctor & Gamble, and products of both (Great Value grocery items, Orville Redenbacher popcorn) are visible in some scenes. In one scene, a teen talks about why he chose Sierra Mist soda, saying it's all-natural and caffeine-free.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this feel-good movie geared toward families tackles the relevant issue of bullying in a sanitized but thorough manner. A teen's struggle to choose between standing up for what's right and succumbing to peer pressure has great lessons for all age groups, and the fact that the story keeps its content light and nonviolent means that even younger kids can tune in and learn. Other aspects of the story reinforce positive issues like overcoming challenges, respecting others, and being open to new ideas. On the whole, the characters are great models of responsibility, both personally and with respect to other people, and the story centers on a strong family unit whose relationships inspire its members to reach out to others. Older tweens and teens might be turned off by the movie's overly sweet messages, but the story offers families a lot to think and talk about at its end. Expect some blatant product placement, since the movie was produced by Walmart and Proctor & Gamble. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Walmart and Proctor & Gamble join forces again to bring families together for entertainment that feeds both the mind and the soul. FIELD OF VISION, the fifth installment in the sponsors' Family Movie Night sequence, is a sweet story that takes a sanitized but honest look at bullying, a relevant issue for parents and kids of any age. Although the characters are teens, the story keeps the content light enough that kids won't be frightened (in other words, this bullying isn't violent beyond some shoving), and they'll come away from the movie with a better understanding of how this negative behavior can hurt others and cost the instigators their reputations and privileges.
This movie's themes of perseverance, honesty, and respect, among others, are so blatant –- and in many cases spelled out in quotes like "If I am not for others, what am I?" –- that even young kids will grasp their meaning. This lends itself nicely to family discussions about overcoming challenges and helping others in addition to the lessons to be found about bullying. But although these characteristics cater to families with younger kids, the movie's sugary tone might not ring as true with older tweens and teens. Parents will also appreciate that the story draws parallels between its characters and those in stories like The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, which might spark kids' interest in those and other classics.
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