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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The importance of making a living doing things you love and are passionate about is a central theme.
Positive Role Models
Freemont Gordon learns to find his way and step out of the shadows cast by his famous siblings. He learns to find happiness and fulfillment in doing what he loves and making others happy through his work. His brother Matt, a popular and winning pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, doesn't use his celebrity for selfish gain but sees it as a way to do good in the world.
Violence & Scariness
News footage of a car accident involving one of the central characters.
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Products & Purchases
The Culligan logo is prominently featured on an office water cooler. In one scene, as the main character is shown driving, he holds a coffee cup close to his face; the logo of the coffee shop is shown up close for several seconds.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking wine and martinis at an upscale dinner party; no one acts intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gordon Family Tree is a 2013 movie on the importance of doing what you love, loving what you do, and finding fulfillment in being passionate about your work while also trying to help those who are less fortunate. Although there's nothing to worry about in terms of content, the slow pace and the overall message of finding fulfillment in your life and career make this best for older kids thinking about such matters for the first time and teens and parents looking to find their own way in the world. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its glacial pace, the movie's overall positive message should resonate with teens and parents trying to figure how to "do what you love and love what you do" when choosing a career. It's a "message movie" for people who like message movies.
For those not necessarily looking for a movie with a message, the action and the story itself don't always carry the day unless montages of the main character taking "selfies" in front of different states' "Welcome to" signs are something you enjoy. Furthermore, the movie doesn't take into account the reality that many people go through changes -- and reality issues came up time and time again with Eat, Pray, Love -- as most people can't simply quit their jobs and their lives because they're unfulfilled and hit the road. Still, if you're looking for a different choice for family movie night, Gordon Family Tree is a fine pick.
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