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Long Road Home

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Slow-paced rural coming-of-age tale tackles prejudice.

Movie NR 2003 90 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Coming age movie

As an adult I thought the movie was pretty good, it covers things such as: racial bigotry, death, preteen romantic interests, farming etc. Seth(age 12) has come to live with his grandparents who own a farm out in the country. Seth has to learn to cope with no having TV, phone and resentment from his grandpa Murdock; however, his grandma shows him much love and understanding and she tries to get his grandpa Murdock to ease up on Seth. Back story: Seth's mom left home(eloped with her Native American boyfriend much to her father's disapproval...because of his bigotry toward Native Americans.) Seth's father is killed during the Vietnam war and is a military hero, his mom has recently dead and poor Seth is left an orphan....until his grandparents take him to raise. He settles into his life on a farm, Seth meets another person his own age a girl named Annie and she's all flirty with Seth and goes out of her way to try to get him to kiss her.....Annie winds up being the one to give Seth a quick kiss. They admit to "liking" each other. The excitement in this tale comes in the form of a rogue bear that's killing livestock. Drama with Grandpa Murdock continues... Seth faces off with his grandpa who wants Seth to have no ties to his Native American relatives. Sadly the grandma dies and Seth is feeling unloved by his grandpa, and later that night Seth has a dream, in it his deceased mom, dad and grandma are calling him to come to them, and they say they love him --in the dream Seth runs towards them but they get further and further away and he jolts awake (probably due to them looking pale--like dead people do.) It is interesting how that dream is used to convey Seth's struggle with his stern, bigoted, unfeeling grandpa who has told Seth basically that if he claims his Native heritage, then Seth is no grandson of his--- that's harsh words for anyone, especially an impressionable 12 year old! The death of Seth's beloved grandma leaves Murdock and Seth on their own to work things out.... Seth helps his grandpa roundup his cattle and his grandpa Murdock comes face to face with the bear. Seth saves his injured grandpa by scaring off the bear and manages to themselves down the mountain side and to a neighbor who takes Seth's grandpa to the hospital. The movie ends with Seth's grandpa Murdock making peace with Seth's Native America grandpa Andy, Seth is also introduced to his Native American uncle name Ted. The end prologue states that Seth went to college, married Annie and they have 3 children, Seth became a writer and that he wrote the story, of which we just saw in movie version. The end.

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age 13+


Really bad movie, there seem to be some moments where the movie will redeem it self, but does not. This movie has a dead grandma in a chair with her eyes open... A 12 year old girl who wants to kiss the main character " soft, not hard, with your lips wrapping around each other's" and continues to pester the main character about kissing, etc. it also has a kind of a weird creepy dream sequence where the boys dead mother, father and grandma are calling to him... But they are creepy and disturbing.. This should really be enough for anyone to stay away from this movie... Acting is horrible and the best thing about this movie was the end... Because it was over.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Even with daydream sequences of Wild West shootouts, and interactions with a ferocious grizzly, LONG ROAD HOME has a tendency to drag. It becomes bogged down with characters performing barnyard chores, planting flowers, and championing eternal verities like hard work. The acting isn't the best, some of the action (with the grizzly in particular) is farfetched, and most of the threads in the storyline should be predictable to anyone familiar with coming of age stories.

Nonetheless, the Utah setting is quite beautiful, and for those from that part of the country in particular looking for something family-friendly and wholesome that, at the same time, doesn't shy away from thorny issues like racism and growing up without your parents in a strange new land, Long Road Home could be a touching coming-of-age tale rooted in a rural Western culture too often overlooked in a genre usually more geared towards "hip teens" in urban or suburban settings.

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