Fisherman's Friends

Movie review by
Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media
Fisherman's Friends Movie Poster Image
Sweary but warm tale of singing fishermen is one to catch.
  • PG-13
  • 2020
  • 112 minutes

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Seagull shot dead with a flare gun. Two men almost fight in a pub.

Sex

Couple kiss and are then shown the next morning in bed together -- no explicit nudity.

Language

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."

Consumerism
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.

What 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.

Wondering if Fisherman's Friends is OK for your kids?

Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS tells the tale of a cynical London record label executive, Danny (Daniel Mays) who discovers a group of singing fishermen in a small British costal town. Initially urged to sign them as part of a prank, Danny’s belief in the group soon grows. As Danny helps the group achieve the unthinkable, his cynicism diminishes while learning a number of important lessons along the way.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship in Fisherman's Friends. What are some examples of good friendships in the movie? What character strengths are needed for a successful friendship?

  • Discuss the character of Danny. What does he learn from the villagers? Why is it important to speak to people from outside your social circles?

  • The fishermen have lots of traditions -- discuss what uses traditions serve. Can you think of any other traditions among other groups?

  • Do you feel the strong language was integral to the story? Did it make the movie feel more realistic? Does the fact the movie is based on a true story change how you feel about it?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love comedy

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate