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Parents' Guide to

It Snows All the Time

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Well-meaning dementia drama falls short; drinking, fighting.

Movie NR 2022 80 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 13+
I found this movie very realistic. My husband has early on set Alzheimer's disease. This was very good at educating people what family members experience with this sort of disease.

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Kids say: Not yet rated

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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