Parents' Guide to

Good Sam

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Feel-good mystery is predictable and forgettable.

Movie NR 2019 89 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

For kids

age 10+

Inspiring and heart warming

One of the best movies to watch with family. The message that, one can do something good for another without any expectations for anything in return, is one that needs to be heard and passed on to the next generation.

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Good Sam is a weakly-reasoned, movie-of-the-week-quality piece that oversimplifies how reporters work, how newsrooms work, how politics work, and how romance works. The audience knows who Good Sam is for three-quarters of the movie, but Kate and her team of supposedly-professional investigators remain clueless until the movie is nearly over. That Jack is slimy and untrustworthy is also given away immediately, but ace reporter Kate only figures out "something is wrong" after alarm bells have been going off long and loudly in the audience's ears. Kate goes on the air with a claim that she has no independent corroboration for, a big no-no in the most elementary Journalism 101 course, never mind a big-city TV station news department.

And in this age of rampant claims about "fake news," the last thing anyone wants to see is a movie in which a reporter airs a false story without checking it out thoroughly. Plus, why would a donor laboring to keep his name out of the news donate money in bags emblazoned with a big clue to his identity? Since the story's outcome is hinted at far earlier than Kate is able to pick up on all the clues, viewers are left bored, waiting for the movie to wend its way toward an anticlimactic conclusion.

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