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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes forgiveness, healing, and strong family bonds. Points out values of small-town living, rural beauty, faith, and finding true love.
Positive Role Models
Heroine is independent, strong-willed, and open to new experiences and has a generous, loving spirit. Born a city girl, as she traces her history she finds beauty in a small town, a beautiful ranch, and experiencing the unexpected. Hero is strong, patient, protective, and smart. He, too, learns to appreciate the unexpected. Villain is predictable greedy developer. Ethnic diversity: African-American inner-city kids visit a ranch to enjoy an outdoor adventure.
Violence & Scariness
One fistfight. Hero is threatened with bodily harm. A villain captures the heroine and holds them both at gunpoint; a struggle takes place.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two warm kisses.
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man has an alcoholic beverage in his hand as he talks on the phone.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love Finds You in Valentine is the third film in a trilogy, all based on romance novels, made for television, directed by Terry Cunningham, and making their way to DVD. This straightforward, familiar story tells of a city "girl" uncovering family secrets, getting caught up in a mystery, and finding love on a beautiful horse ranch. The film extols the values of forgiveness, charity, and rural life. A generations-old family feud sets the tale in motion; a questionable ranch sale provides the initial conflict. A few scenes provide suspense and some action, including a fistfight, a brief hostage situation, and a struggle over a gun. Wholesome in spirit and in execution, the movie offers safe viewing for fans of romance, magnificent animals running through beautiful countryside, and good people doing the right thing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The story is familiar, but engaging performances and gorgeous rural images offer enough to win over audiences who don't mind a little predictability along with their budding love stories. Particularly appealing is established Portuguese star Diogo Morado, transitioning from playing Jesus in several English-language biblical epics to a modern-day, charismatic hero. Other than some rather poorly executed action sequences (fights, hostage-taking), this film is a solid effort with good messages and good people to root for. It won't disappoint fans, including tweens and teens, who love horses, romance, and happy endings.
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