A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
You can live your life without facing your past, but you can't die that way.
Positive Role Models
A seeming playboy steps up to his responsibilities.
The cast is Turkish.
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Violence & Scariness
A woman who is terminally ill spits blood and faints. A man gets beat up. Offscreen, a boy sets a tablecloth on fire to disrupt a dinner. Someone's father died of cirrhosis of the liver.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A drunken sexual encounter has consequences. No nudity. Adults kiss. A woman suggests a man will make love too quickly.
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"F--k," "s--t," "d--k," "pr--k," and "scum."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol to drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that In Good Hands is a 2021 Turkish feature about a woman with a terminal disease who needs to find a caretaker for her 6-year-old son before she dies. But she has other unfinished business as well. This is confusing at the start, but later becomes highly emotional. Adults have sex but no nudity is shown. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "pr--k," and "scum." Adults smoke cigarettes and drink large quantities of alcohol. A woman who is terminally ill spits blood and faints. A man gets beat up. In Turkish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While In Good Hands cleans up its muddy beginnings to end beautifully, it takes a long time to get going. Without giving away any spoilers, it's sufficient to say that much of this makes absolutely no sense until the major plot point is revealed around two-thirds of the way in. Up to that moment, it's only the good work of three talented performers, Urgancioglu, Enver, and Ak, keeping us interested in this implausible and irrational premise.
The script leans toward cutesy a little too often. A collection of toilet paper plays a role that's hard to justify. And parents and kids may want to discuss the way that a seemingly loving mother is almost too devoted to her child, not forcing him to attend school because he prefers being with her, not bringing others into their lives to enable him to become socialized and comfortable among people. These seem like mild forms of child mistreatment by a well-meaning parent trying to cope with her own isolation. She's loving and kind, but it often feels as if her over-nurturing and isolation has created an unpleasant kid with unrealistic expectations and inappropriate behaviors.
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