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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
All the main characters in this film are keeping secrets, which takes a toll on them. But the truth is freeing.
Positive Role Models
Two people who are keeping big secrets eventually decide they must tell the truth, even if it will be difficult for them and cause pain and suffering for others.
Violence & Scariness
Family members argue. Kids get into a shoving match that leads to a tragic accident.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married woman has an affair with one of her husband's employees. They frequently meet up in a local motel, and though viewers never see them do more than kiss, they're often shown in bed, under the covers, getting dressed or showering together (no sensitive parts shown).
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Frequent-but-not-constant swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes include people drinking, including adults socializing at a bar, a couple drinking while they relax at the end of the day, and teens getting drunk in the woods. There's beer, whiskey, and wine; one sequence has a lot of people downing shots.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Accidents is a moody drama about a small town that's been deeply affected by a tragic mining accident and how some of those impacted try to get their lives back on track. Characters keep big secrets and find solace in the most unlikely places, somber themes that may not resonate as well for teens. Expect strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole"), quite a lot of drinking (including some by teens), and kissing between characters who are having an affair. They're shown in bed and showering together, but there's no simulated sex or sensitive body parts on display. Kids shove each other. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A thick sense of doom permeates writer-director Sara Colangelo's LITTLE ACCIDENTS. Just about everyone in town is still in mourning from the mining accident when the teen disappears. Clearly, there's not much more that can happen to break them, especially those at the heart of the tragedy. From the deceased miners' families to the executive blamed for the incident to the local teens who know that the world as they knew it has shifted, Colangelo paints a revealing (if somber) picture.
But what's it all about? The film is strangely lacking in momentum. Characters carry themselves grimly throughout, overwhelmed but curiously undeveloped. When they finally decide to unburden themselves of the big secrets they've been keeping, it's tough to see what spurred their revelations. What motivates them? Banks is heartbreaking as a grieving mother and mostly ignored wife, but her subsequent choices puzzle. Others' journeys lack an arc, too, and the film stays glum from start to finish.
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