A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of community spirit, integrity, loyalty, and pride in where you come from. There is a strong emphasis on family and friendship.
Positive Role Models
The singing group values loyalty and always puts its members first. The villagers are proud of their area, history, customs, and traditions. Danny learns to respect the village's ways and changes his own stance on love. The city record executives are shown as flashy in contrast to the villagers.
Violence & Scariness
Seagull shot dead with a flare gun. Two men almost fight in a pub.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couple kiss and are then shown the next morning in bed together -- no explicit nudity.
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Frequent bad language with uses of "bloody," "bollocks," "c--k," "tosser," "wanker," "buggers," "s--t," 'f--k," "f---ing," "arse," "piss," "knobber," "bitch," "bulls--t," "slag," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reference to "wacky baccy" (British slang for pot). Characters drink beer and rum in the local pub. Two characters drink wine during a picnic and then whiskey at home. The future of the pub is a big plot point and is the social hub of the village.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fisherman's Friends is a British feel-good dramedy based on the true story of a 10-man singing group from a costal town that contains strong language and drinking. The tone of the movie is light-hearted and the main themes are community, loyalty, and friendship. Language includes variants of "f--k", "s--t," "bastard," and "bitch." Central to the plot is the future of a local pub, where much of the action takes place. Characters are regularly seen drinking beer and rum. There is a one reference to "wacky baccy" (British slang for pot), although no drug taking is actually seen. There is a romantic subplot, which involves some kissing and implied sex, although there is nothing explicit. A seagull is shot dead with a flare gun and a fight nearly breaks out in the pub, but that is the extent of the violence in the movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A feel-good rather than groundbreaking movie, Fisherman's Friends sounds great. Music is performed throughout, using a mixture of the real-life group's singers and the actors' voices. The vocal style of the folk group adds a warmth and joy to each scene. While it walks a well-trodden path of the underdog group's rise to success, the unique subject makes it feel fresh while the character's personalities shine through. With the villagers initially pitched in an "us against them" approach to the visiting Londoners, the two contrasting groups provide enough laughs.
The romantic plot is effective too, with single parent, Alwyn (Tuppence Middleton) being the rock that grounds both her hurt-in-love father, Jim (James Purefoy) and Danny, who doesn't believe in monogamy at the start of the movie. There are few surprises in Fisherman's Friends but it serves up a solid collection of comedic and dramatic situations that always land, resulting in a satisfying watch. One to catch.
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