Parents' Guide to

Forever My Girl

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sweet romance is all about family, faith; some drinking.

Movie PG 2018 104 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Not Appropriate

I do not think this movies is an appropriate film for anyone to watch, let alone a child. It is filled with drinking and promiscuity. It does not convey Christian values or morals. Getting drunk, having sex before marriage and bitterness are all deemed as okay and justified behaviors from people who claim Christianity, even the pastor. I know it is only a movie, but what we watch (and what we allow children to watch) can impact our thinking and this movie does not promote godly principles. I am 20 years old and shut the movie off before finishing it. Clean content does not have an age limit. If you wouldn’t want your children watching it, you shouldn’t watch it. Period.
age 13+

Forever My Girl

I watched, Forever My Girl, with my family and we all enjoyed it. My siblings ages range from 8-19. Everyone watched the whole thing but I think even though my sister is 8, it is best suited for 13+. There were no sex scenes. There was a brief moment when there was a young lady in Liam's room. Most people can tell that they had a one night stand. Although kids that don't know what that is would think that a crazed fan broke into his hotel. There also drinking scenes, and the idea of sex before marriage. Overall it was a beautiful and very emotional movie. I recommend watching it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This sweet faith-based romance -- which is even more teen-friendly than the Heidi McLaughlin novel on which it's based -- benefits from charming performances and a notable country soundtrack. Unlike many romances that follow the drama of falling in love, Forever My Girl is a story of a second chance between two people who never fully fell out of love. Liam and Josie have a lot of emotional baggage to sort out and a child to put first, but it's clear from the first time they see each other that they're bound to reunite -- wedding day abandonment and international country music careers all but forgotten. The stakes never feel that high, but it's pleasant enough to see the characters arrive at their happily ever after ... in the same way that Hallmark Christmas romances or Lifetime movies are predictable and safe but still satisfying.

An unexpected difference from the original book (which was the first in a series) is that the filmmakers have injected a healthy dose of faith-based content and themes into the story -- to the point that viewers unfamiliar with the book might assume it's Christian fiction. The original material isn't spiritual (Liam's father's isn't a pastor, the church isn't a central meeting point for the town, etc.), but the faith-based aspects actually work here. What we end up with is a romance, a father-daughter love story (even though it's pretty hard to believe that Liam never heard about Billy, even from his own dad), and a prodigal son tale. Forever My Girl is one of those rare dramas that's clean enough for older tweens and younger teens and well-made enough for romance-loving parents to enjoy. If you want sizzling and swoon-worthy, watch Outlander, but for a light, message-filled romance, this one's worth checking out.

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