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Hearts Beat Loud

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Coming-of-age dramedy finds family harmony amid upheaval.

Movie PG-13 2018 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Beautiful Coming of Age Film

I watched this with my 13 year old daughter, she loves the Office and was thrilled to see the father, and even Ted Danson who she knows from The Good Place. Scenes with Ted usually involve talk of marijuana use - good conversation starter. The music is great, the daughter has a sweet relationship with another girl, they are shown kissing tenderly.
age 12+

A wonderful feel good Movie - made me cry!

If you want a real feel good movie this Summer, this is it. The father daughter relationship was exquisite and real and the singing is a blast. This movie touched me and made me cry with tenderness several times. the daughter does have a very sweet and joyful lesbian relationship so if that doesn't jibe with your family's values you should know that. But otherwise I give it an unreserved thumbs up!! Loved it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This is a likable dramedy that, at times, feels like a feature-length music video. The generous amount of screen time in Hearts Beat Loud given to writing, performing, and hearing the hooky title single seems suspiciously like promotion. On the other hand, aspiring musicians may appreciate witnessing how a song comes together in a story-driven manner.

Offerman (best known for Parks and Recreation) shows an expanded range here, playing a widower who's about to lose his daughter to college, his aging mother to Alzheimer's, his record store to failure, and his rock star dreams to reality. And Clemons reveals substantial music chops performing tunes (by Keegan DeWitt) that are truly catchy. The actors' chemistry is so natural and familiar, with moments of unarticulated subtext, that viewers never doubt for a moment that they're father and daughter. Their relationship is admirable in many ways, and parents may find themselves wistfully falling for the fantasy of literally making beautiful music with their child, just as they're fleeing the nest. Teen audiences will likely revel in a young character who often acts like the adult in the family -- and relate to the embarrassment of finding yourself in a band with your parent.

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