Love and Honor

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Inauthentic Vietnam-era romance feels like a TV movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

The movie promotes standing up for what you believe in and making sure your voice is heard. It also stresses the importance of honesty in romantic relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Candace opposes the war but is willing to support the soldiers. Mickey realizes he was wrong to lie about his and Dalton's intentions and wins over Candace by telling the truth instead of lying when it suits him. Dalton and Janie maturely realize that they love each other -- but that it's not enough to save their relationship.


The opening sequence takes place in Vietnam, and there are a couple of close calls, but only one character is actually shot and injured. Mickey discusses some of his fellow soldiers who've died in battle, and Dalton hits a pacifist who was kissing his fiancee. Police roughly arrest protesters, and two friends find out that another friend in Vietnam has died.


Two love scenes show bare-chested men and women who are either wearing a bra or have a sheet or blanket covering them up. A couple of passionate kisses -- one that's scandalous because it's obvious the young woman doesn't believe in monogamy (she had just gotten engaged to someone else).


A few uses of "s--t, " "a--hole," and "bitch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

College-age students and soldiers smoke marijuana (a few times) and get drunk and/or drink heavily -- in keeping with the reputation for open drug use among young people in the '60s.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that teen fans of The Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth may well want to see Love and Honor -- but know that it has a fair bit of drug use, sexuality, and violence. Considering the '60s setting, the drug use (marijuana) isn't that unexpected; nor is the tension between protesters and police and the shooting in the movie's brief war scene. There are two love scenes (bare-chested men and bra-wearing women) and a few passionate kisses. Teens will at the very least learn, if they haven't already, about the opposition to the Vietnam War.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMonica P. January 14, 2017

Some surprises.

"f" bomb In a PG 13 movie! I'm allowing my 12 year olds to watch this, I would have never expected the "f" bomb! Otherwise good.
Adult Written byJess F. December 28, 2016

This is the worst movie of all time.


The description of this movie sounded like a movie I would very much enjoy! However, after watching this movie, I realized how sub-par it is. As I watch... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byYaya12345 February 4, 2018

What's the story?

Dalton Joiner (Austin Stowell) and his best friend, Mickey Wright (Liam Hemsworth), have been granted much-welcome R&R in the middle of their tour in Vietnam. Instead of living it up in Hong Kong with the rest of his unit, Joiner plans to take a trip back home to propose to his girlfriend, Janie (Aimee Teegarden), who had just sent him a Dear John letter. Unwilling to let his friend possibly go AWOL, Mickey flies back to Michigan with him. But when they arrive in Ann Arbor, they discover that Janie is now called Juniper and is living in a commune of activist undergraduates who are against the war. Mickey charmingly weaves a lie pretending that they really have gone AWOL in protest. Janie is impressed, as is her roommate, Candace (Teresa Palmer), who becomes intrigued with the handsome Mickey. But, as expected, Mickey's lie leads to unexpected consequences.

Is it any good?

LOVE AND HONOR doesn't really illuminate much about either word in its title until the very end. The "honorable" soldiers, particularly Hemsworth's Mickey, have no problem lying about their intentions to win over Janie and Candace. In fact, Mickey is so good with his untruths that it's kind of hard to really like him as a main character -- even if he's bound to be admired as eye candy. His looks, actually, might be part of the problem. Everyone here is a bit too attractive and glossy and clean for a movie about the Vietnam War.

But if the war means nothing to younger audiences and they're just watching for the romance, at least Hemsworth and Palmer (Warm Bodies) -- two of Australia's most talented and attractive young Hollywood imports -- do make a spot-on couple with their considerable chemistry. Unfortunately, that chemistry is wasted in a movie that has no depth whatsoever, despite all of the protests, the student activists, the earnest young journalists, and the reefer-mellowed pacifists. It's radicalism a la a TV movie -- at best.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether movies set during the Vietnam era are still relevant. Why is it rare to see movies about Vietnam now when they were so popular in the '80s and '90s? Is there a modern equivalent?

  • Does Love and Honor have more to do with the war or with the characters' romantic relationships? What did you learn about the Vietnam War?

  • Teens: Is there a cause you feel passionately about that you could help? How could you get involved?

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