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Louder Than Words

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Earnest family drama about coping with tragedy is very sad.

Movie PG-13 2014 95 minutes
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Sad much of the time, uplifting in a few victorious moments, this movie is OK viewing for families and teens. It's difficult for one film to capture the emotional journey of five family members, as well as tell the story of the dad's quest to build a hospital in memory of his daughter. And when the filmmakers also attempt to provide a meaningful portrayal of the child who dies, some things are sure to be given short shrift. No one can fault the film's intent or the effort of director Anthony Fabian, his screenwriter, and the actors involved. There are very touching moments, sincere suggestions of the gradual resurgence of life in a family after the tragedy, and a lovely, heartfelt performance by Davis.

But too much is expected. LOUDER THAN WORDS barely registers the complex feelings of the family's three college-aged kids, and the inclusion of repetitive fund-raising efforts on behalf "Maria's" hospital feels extraneous and obvious. Much surer hands were needed to give this movie the spirit and heft the filmmakers wanted it to have.

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