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Jenny's Wedding

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Earnest but awkward, poorly made coming-out drama.

Movie PG-13 2015 94 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Great movie with great message

I actually thought this was a great movie. Definitely not poorly made. Got me hooked straight from the beggining. Would totally rate it a 8 out of 10 movie. The actors and actresses were great. There is a little sex between women.

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Too much sex
age 13+
I thought the movie was made just fine. It covered the idea of someone feeling unsafe about coming out in a way that was personal, sensible and touching for the audience. There were a few things that would deem the movie inappropriate for younger audiences, but nothing terribly extreme. I think this is an important film and I am surprised I hadn't seen it sooner.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (3 ):

Incredibly earnest in its intentions, this lesson in tolerance suffers from astoundingly bad filmmaking, unlikable characters, and misguided attempts at metaphor. Even though it comes from veteran screenwriter Mary Agnes Donoghue (Beaches, White Oleander, Veronica Guerin), the script never sounds natural; the actors constantly struggle with dialogue that sounds written rather than spoken. Donoghue never manages to do more than simply place her camera in front of a convenient backdrop for each talking scene; it's the opposite of visual storytelling.

Even the best actors in the cast come across as positively amateurish. Maudlin pop songs kick in every so often in a vain attempt to help. The issue of gay marriage is handled respectfully but also in a way that seems aimed at only the most sheltered or conservative of audiences. Anyone else will find the movie extremely frustrating. Perhaps worst of all is the supremely awkward, wince-inducing attempt to use "dead grass" as a metaphor for a happy marriage.

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