Parents' Guide to

Finestkind

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fishing drama is all bait, no hook; drugs, guns, swearing.

Movie R 2023 126 minutes
Finestkind Movie Poster: Tommy Lee Jones, in the foreground, looks off to his right, while Ben Foster is positioned across from him and slightly smaller, looking the opposite direction; other characters and a view of a boat are between them

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Rated R

I'm a Adult a father of 4 now grown beautiful can be independent but not necessary daughters and one step son raised from 6 yrs old to 10 yr military career, now that being stated, I believe in the idea of this site but with a little more common sense, I get the fundamentals and understand some people aren't or can be misleading by a child wanting to see the movie but misleading there parents/guardian, but I think the majority can dispict that this movie is Rated R and that's all you need to know,that's why the rating system was created, drop the race issues because that's becoming so yesterday and pay attention to America now as to what's really going on, this fim could very well be someones real life and I totally found it not only outstanding but very close to one's reality ,that has to be respected it's a New and different America and regardless rather you see this film or live it , A parent that doesn't make the right decision and doesn't guide their kids in the right direction don't need to be parenting, because it's starts with one self, back in my day we were not allowed to see R movies regardless,just by the Rating it was done,no discussion ,over, your not. So I really enjoyed seeing Tommy Lee acting again and I do like Ben F , also the diversity was spot on, I tend to think it's a lot of mixing in the Northeast Atlantic and East Coast as far as skin anyway so I thought it was great seeing everyone mixing it up and friends, the herion epidemic has devastated this country and The North East hard, All in all one thing y'all did miss was The Love of a Dad for his son(s) I believe if I ,my kids were caught up and I was dying without no means I would have done the same thing for my kids, I think younger kids shouldn't see the movie but 14? 16 + most definitely probably could handle it but probably not wanna especially if there parents are watching with them because 16 yrs old kids usually don't wanna mix it with Us old people 🙂 Thank you Commonsensemedia for allowing me to post. D

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This fishing-centric drama is all bait, and -- alas -- no hook. It took more than three decades for writer-director Brian Helgeland to get his first (and most personal) screenplay to the screen -- and while that's a great example of perseverance, the script for Finestkind shows its age. Today's audiences require more truth than most did in the 1980s, when lunkheaded heroes could make poor decisions, and we'd still cheer them on. Today, viewers are savvier and question everything. And here, the doubts start the moment after the brothers' first failed boating expedition and last through their final head-shaking choices.

What's even harder to believe is that this story came from the same writer of heralded crime dramas LA Confidential and Mystic River. When "wrong side of the tracks" Mabel (Jenna Ortega) has her first conversation with Charlie, she tells him how she's going to break the cycle of poverty and crime in her family. English major Charlie responds with the scene-stopping declaration, "You want to be the hero of your own story!" Yet she gets the men involved with a dangerous cartel and is never more than the girl in her boyfriend's story. Things like that may nag at viewers, but -- with its 1980s music from INXS and The Outfield, its Gen X-compatible idea that a hard day's work is its own reward, a lack of smartphones, and the "father knows best" messaging -- there's definitely an audience for this film, reinforcing for those who identify with the story that they are indeed, the finest kind.

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