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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The protagonists are the picture of love, compassion, and family togetherness. The film also features women who are strong-minded for their day, working and reading.
Violence & Scariness
One character dies of natural causes off-screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jeff and Collette flirt, hold hands, and briefly kiss.
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Very little. One use of the word "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character gets drunk and starts shooting off a gun around town. No one is hurt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this story deals with the death of a family member, depression, and hard financial times. After the death, Missie and Willie grow apart, not speaking. One character, upset at having his ranch taken from him, gets drunk and starts shooting his gun around town. Another character, the villain, lies and manipulates his daughter with the hope of killing her paramour. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Co-written and directed by Michael Landon, Jr., Love's Abiding Joy combines the heart of both without the pacing or plot that made his father's work a success. The irony, of course, is that there's very little joy to be found. There are some heartwarming scenes in which the family reaffirms what's most important to them -- God and family -- but mostly, the story is disjointed with little character or plot development. This is not a story meant to be seen without being familiar with the rest of the series. On its own, it's boring and saccharine.
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