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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters display friendship, humility, teamwork, and empathy while tackling the subjects of grief and alcohol dependence. A character shares how talking helped them with their emotions. The movie mocks the idea of political correctness and touches on themes around "cancel culture."
Positive Role Models
Jim is a singing group's frontman who drinks to cope with the grief of losing his father. He becomes erratic and angry but apologizes and accepts help. Leadville is a man with old-fashioned ideas but after media training becomes a caricature of a person with inclusive values. Rowan attracts the attention of a woman on tour while his wife and baby are at home. He explains and apologizes. Aubrey Flynn is a former pop star who is three years sober and helps Jim with his struggle with alcohol. Maggie is Jim's mother and unofficial group leader. She is often fair and measured when faced with rash opinions.
The core group is White, other characters working in various roles are people of color. The movie celebrates the characters' dedication to conserving their traditional ways of life but pokes fun at inclusivity.
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Violence & Scariness
A character throws a drink in someone's face. While drunk, a character threatens to punch their bandmates. After falling into a cave, people are seen with small cuts to their faces and one is airlifted out unconscious. Someone threatens to attack a photographer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss. Some flirting and innuendo. Photo of breasts sent to someone's phone in a flirty message. Mention of orgies. Character in bra cuddles a shirtless character in bed.
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Regular use of "sod off," "shag," "hell," "bloody," "balls," "pissed," "pr--k," "s--t," "sheep shagger," and "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
Glastonbury Festival features. The group travels in a bus sponsored by a real beer brand, complete with web address. Logos include Universal Records, Island Records, and the British newspaper The Independent.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character's alcohol dependence is a plot point. They are helped by a character recovering from alcohol addiction. Character swigs whiskey from a hip flask. The band and attendees drink and get drunk at gigs in bars. Mention of opium.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fisherman's Friends: One and All is the comedy-drama sequel to Fisherman's Friends, and touches on grief and alcohol use. Building on the real-life story of a British group of singing fisherman, at the center of the plot is frontman Jim (James Purefoy) who is struggling with the death of his father. As Jim turns to alcohol, he is helped by a former pop star called Aubrey Flynn (Imelda May), who is herself in recovery. There is frequent use of "arse" and "bastard," and some gross-out humor involving baby poo and a man urinating on a conference call. There is mild sexuality, with flirting, innuendo, a photo of breasts in a text message, and a woman seen in her bra in bed, while themes around infidelity are lightly explored. Various characters are very protective of their regional traditions and values, to the point of ridicule. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's a bad sign when the credits sequence of a movie that features none of the cast makes you wish you'd watched that instead. The end of Fisherman's Friends: One and All features tour bus footage of the real-life vocal group on their way to play Glastonbury Festival. They're charming and funny, and make much better company than their movie counterparts. This sequel's cheated us out of a compelling documentary.
Instead, the lazily written movie panders to an audience who feel they're the victims of the 21st century and "cancel culture." When a media trainer pulls up a character for calling her darling, the retort of, "Now they want to stop us using local terms of endearment too," gives the intended eye-rolling, tutting audience exactly what they want. This "they want to ruin our way of life" sentiment with an unspecified "they" doesn't let up throughout the movie. Fisherman's Friends was pleasant fluff. A fantasy version of a real-life singing group's rise to fame. This sequel just treads water, unsure of what to do, resulting in a low-stakes drama with tick-box issues and flat comedy.
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