Parents' Guide to

Hampstead

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lovable actors, supportive relationships in sweet romcom.

Movie PG-13 2019 102 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Value what’s really important

I loved this movie! A beautiful connection between the 2 leads, put effort into doing the right thing, a simple but beautiful life. I want my kids to watch it because it has a bunch of nice messages, messages that are important to me.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

Quietly gorgeous, this film makes up for a certain lack of dramatic fireworks with an endearing cast and an easy-to-love story about underdogs who come into the happiness they deserve. Though Keaton is as appealing as she ever was as Emily, when the film opens, she's feeling utterly adrift, facing both debts and doubts about how great her marriage really was. "I have no skills," she sums up to her faintly condescending adult son. "I have no value to offer anyone." Yet, of course, that turns out to be utterly untrue when she makes the acquaintance of the bristly Donald.

Even though he wishes, Shrek-like, to live on his abandoned piece of land free from human contact, "progress" has found Donald's spot, and greedy neighborhood developers plan to put luxury flats right where he's built his home out of recycled "bits and bobs." The developers, in the velvet-glove form of Emily's scheming neighbor, Fiona (Lesley Manville, just as deliciously evil in modern-day dress as she is in corsets and a wig in Harlots), want Emily to fall in with their plans -- but Emily resists, noting everything that's noble about the big unshaven lug of a fellow, who proudly affirms that living "wild" allows him to be his own man. As unconventional romances go, Hampstead's got heart. And even if you know at all times where the drama's headed, you don't mind going along.

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