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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Ned overcomes his struggle with grief over his wife's death and discovers that he can find love again. He also learns to let his daughter grow up and make her own decisions.
Positive Role Models
All of the characters emphasize family and the importance of maintaining strong, positive relationships.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The movie's main theme is adult relationships, with the two main characters falling in love. But the portrayal of relationships is very chaste, with only one or two kisses and hugs shown. A character even criticizes another for wanting to kiss on Sunday.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One scene takes place in a bar, and patrons are shown with drinks, but none of the main characters is shown drinking. In fact, the bar and its patrons are shown in a negative light -- the bar itself has "debauchery" in the name.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heaven Is Waiting is a family-friendly romantic comedy with a strong religious message. Although the movie deals with adult relationships, no more than a few kisses are shown, and marriage is very strongly emphasized. With no iffy language or violence and only one very brief mention of alcohol, the movie is appropriate for young tweens and up, though younger kids may not be interested in the plot. Also, those outside the LDS church may not be comfortable with the strong religious messages. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Teens or couples looking for a wholesome, somewhat silly romantic comedy for date night most likely will enjoy Heaven Is Waiting. Although the movie is predictable and often cloyingly sweet, the relationship between Ned and his wife is lovely. And the scenes of him being caught talking to her are pretty funny. But, for the most part, his insistence on breaking up David and Liz is ridiculous and hard to watch, and the heavy-handed religious messages most likely will be off-putting to those not looking for a religious movie.
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