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Parents' Guide to

Love Me Instead

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fathers risk everything for kids; violence, language.

Movie NR 2021 124 minutes
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Love Me Instead is an understated, slow, thoughtful drama with heart and a meandering structure that all the way through telegraphs tragedy and redemption ahead. Akkaya, Kesal, and Ozgecen give strong performances in support of the premise that family members may let us down, but we can choose and create families to sustain us. The movie feels overly long at 124 minutes, partly owing to some confusing turns of events. Without exposing spoilers, it's fair to question many iffy premises. Would a seasoned professional abandon his responsibilities to help someone do something terrible? Would a young person agree to play act in a real-life drama? Somehow the movie gets past these stumbles for a dignified and touching ending.

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