A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sometimes people passing through your life for a brief time can have a huge impact. Ryan believes in living simply, sharing music for free, and seeing the wonders of the world.
Positive Role Models
Ryan encourages Jackie to concentrate on where she wants to go and how she needs to get there. Jackie convinces Ryan to take a risk and share his songs. Ryan is patient and kind to Jackie's daughter.
Violence & Scariness
Jackie is hit by a car, which results in a mild injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kisses, and then in the next scene, they're shown in bed together, obviously having just had sex. Additional kissing, but nothing graphic (sheets are pulled up so that a woman's naked shoulders and up are seen).
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Occasional strong language includes "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," and several utterances of "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink at dinners and a restaurant/music venue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jackie & Ryan is an indie romantic drama about a former country singer (Katherine Heigl) who falls for wandering street musician (Ben Barnes). Although there's some kissing and a scene of a couple in bed together, the sex takes place off camera. There's occasional strong language ("s--t," "a--hole") and mature themes about divorce, custody issues, financial crises, and alternative lifestyles (Ryan is basically a modern-day train-hopper). But the movie does have thought-provoking messages about how some people can have a huge impact on your life, no matter how short a time you've had with them, and it's likely to appeal to teens who've enjoyed music-themed romances like Once and Begin Again. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Jackie & Ryan is a gentle, heartfelt romance with appropriately understated performances, but the leads lack the necessary chemistry to make the story really sing. Director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of acclaimed director Michael Mann) has a keen eye for the realistic way that two people become friends and then lovers. The leads in this story aren't starry-eyed adolescents desperate for each other or a stereotypical opposites-attract couple. They're different, yes, but they share a love of music and an appreciation of the present -- because who knows what tomorrow will bring.
Although it isn't a sizzling or dramatic affair, Jackie & Ryan does benefit from exciting bluegrass and folk music that's used both as live accompaniment and a soundtrack. And Mann doesn't shy away from the way that economic hardship can affect the poorer half of a doomed marriage or a modern-day hobo like Ryan, who's so minimalist that he carries all of his belongings on his back from place to place. There's a slightly unnecessary subplot involving Clea Duvall as the wife of Ryan's old friend, Cowboy, who's missing for most of the movie, but at least it shows that Ryan has emotional ties (if not physical ones) to the town. Ultimately, this is a quiet love story about how a handsome wanderer woos and steadies a woman via the wisdom he's gleaned from a life on the road.
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