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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Grief and mourning are strong themes. But the underlying message is that even people with little in common can be brought together if they share a strong bond.
Positive Role Models
Sherwin is consumed with grief after his wife's death, but he manages to pull himself out of a tailspin. Meanwhile, Lucinda outwardly seems composed, but inside she's grieving just as much. The two of them help each other come to terms with their shared loss.
Violence & Scariness
Alone in the woods, a man hears gunshots in the distance and fears he's being shot at. Arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses tenderly and later discusses trying to have a child.
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Occasional swearing, including "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
The main character drives a Jeep Cherokee.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man drinks often while mourning his wife's death. He also smoke cigarettes frequently.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Five Nights in Maine follows recent widower Sherwin (David Oyelowo) as he visits his mother-in-law (Dianne Wiest). They're both grieving, and the shared sense of loss starts to heal what's been a frosty relationship in the past. While there's not much in the way of violence or sex (aside from a married couple kissing), the heavy subject matter and serious tone make it best for teens and up. Expect some smoking and drinking, plus occasional swearing (mostly "s--t" and "f--k"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This drama is a showcase for two fine actors, but other than watching them mourn, there's little to see in this film. The two characters are very different: Sherwin's grief is on display for all to see, while Lucinda keeps her feelings bottled up inside. But it's clear they're both struggling to keep it together, a journey that's both painful and moving to witness.
But that's all there is to Five Nights in Maine: Two sad people being sad together. Sometimes they bond over their shared connection to someone who's not there, and sometimes they snipe at each other because of the long-frayed mother-daughter bond. While the film captures the journey of grief, it doesn't dig deep enough and doesn't move beyond the grief, and that means there's not much else for viewers to see.
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