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Home Is Where the Heart Is

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Heavy family drama with tragedy, substance abuse.

Movie PG-13 2014 115 minutes
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Generally good performances and the sincerity of the filmmakers can't make up for the bleak setting, the dead-end characters who populate that setting, and the unpredictable ending. Cotton is a great kid -- wise beyond her years, compassionate, funny, and wholly accepting of those she loves, despite their weaknesses and faults. In what is meant to be an inspiring tale reinforcing Cotton's optimism and joy, awful events, along with the character defects of others, conspire to knock her down again and again. By the film's end, Cotton has suffered the loss of her mother, major disappointments, a horrific scare, and a second tragedy. It's hard to imagine that even the most resilient little girl could survive the onslaught with her giving heart intact. And, the audience has suffered with her. The ending is unpredictable only in that it's hard to believe anyone could face all those traumas in such a short time.

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