Parents' Guide to

Lift Me Up

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Family drama about loss has some mature themes.

Movie NR 2015 88 minutes
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Excellent Movie

I love this movie, but I disfavor the stepfather's personality. I disfavor strict people who keep people from doing that they love to do. I does not make sense to be strict on someone on does good things. Just because he loss his wife in a car accident, it does not give him the right to keep his stepdaughter from driving. I am avery strict and tough person than her stepfather because I am not strict and tough on negative people who do bad things. I believe she should have lived with her aunt or someone who allow her to do what she wants to do like dance or help out in the community. No children will respect house rules unless they agree to it. Stop being tough on good children or do not have children. I do not have a problem straightening up even tough person in this world.

Is It Any Good?

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This movie takes a good hour to shake off the clichés of family drama and blossom into a moving depiction of recovery from loss. When Emma recognizes that a biological father can care far less for his child than a committed stepfather, she seems to break through to a higher level of maturity and understanding that will be healthy and sustaining for her. When the straitlaced Marine John finally breaks down in the arms of his grief counseling group members, the movie achieves a breakthrough, too. Performances by Cahoon, Frangenberg, and the supporting cast are solid and involving and, with language no stronger than "butt," Lift Me Up might be a movie parents and teenagers would want to watch together.

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