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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's purpose is to build awareness about Frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Its message is that people with dementia might not remember us, but we can remember them.
Positive Role Models
Loving family members are devoted to caring for their father, who's suffering from a neurological condition. They try to keep him in a comfortable setting and allow him to retain his dignity.
Supporting roles include positive, aspirational Black characters. A primary character has a rare, fatal neurological prognosis. Main character's partner seems to exist only to prove that he has an attractive partner.
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Violence & Scariness
Bar fight. Punch results in a bloody, broken nose. Memory loss patient in peril. Shouting. Unwanted sexual touching; the culprit faces consequences.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Long-term married couple snuggles and kisses romantically while in bed together. Romantic subplot.
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"Ass" and "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character regularly goes to the bar with his friends and is seen drinking alcohol and beer. Later, an empty bottle of alcohol is shown to imply another character behaving negatively. Pot pipe seen and discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It Snows All the Time is a drama intended to educate viewers about Frontotemporal dementia. It's a true story, based on lead actor Erich Hover's own father and family. While it certainly means well, the filmmaking is fairly rudimentary, and it's unlikely to keep teens interested unless they have a family member who's received a similar diagnosis. There are several scenes of social drinking at a bar. An aggressive man grabs a woman's backside, leading to the main character's decking the man and breaking his nose. Drug paraphernalia is seen. A married couple kiss and snuggle. Mild language includes "ass" and "crap." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Hover's drama about his own family's struggle with Frontotemporal dementia is all heart, but unfortunately it demonstrates no filmmaking skill. The story is heartrending but lacks any emotional impact. Instead, it feels like an industrial video, teaching viewers about a subject through a story instead of just offering dry facts. Moreover, the facts about the condition could've been pulled from a WebMD page: There's nothing available here that isn't from the first listing of an internet search on the subject.
While it's kind of astonishing that three people took a stab at this script and this was the best they came up with, it's absolutely believable that It Snows All the Time captures, moment by moment, what really happened to Hover, from his perspective. For instance, the siblings of his character, Jesse, squabble, while he seems to be the perfect son. Jesse's Los Angeles live-in love seems to exist only to prove that Jesse (aka Hover) has a hot girlfriend, and he's shown at work once so we can hear his boss tell him what a star he is. Jesse is also shown coming to the defense of his ex-girlfriend (Taryn Manning), the one he left behind in Omaha and who seems pretty capable of handling herself, by punching out a drunk man who grabs her rear end. The film almost feels like a highlight reel of Jesse's favorite moments in life, rather than including details that actually pertain to the story of a father who gets early-onset dementia. It Snows All the Time isn't the first film to cover the challenges of a neurological condition, but others are told so much better and are much more memorable.
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