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Promotes close, open relationships between parents and adult children. Encourages honesty about your past and confronting grief, divorce, single parenthood, other personal challenges. Themes include communication, compassion, empathy.
Positive Role Models
Jack is ambitious, determined to pursue dream of owning the gallery he managed; he also wants to impress his father, whose approval and respect he craves. Robert, despite being a bit curmudgeonly, loves his son unconditionally, asks for forgiveness for past mistakes. Natalia is kind, compassionate, really listens to Jack and Robert. Kate is straight-talking, professional, supportive. No racial diversity but some ethnic diversity: Main characters are Irish-English, and supporting characters are either English or Italian.
Violence & Scariness
Discussion of fatal car accident and ensuing grief-induced sadness and depression.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting between both Jack and Natalia and Robert and Kate, as well as a couple of big kisses between the younger couple. A scene leaves it ambiguous how far Jack and Natalia get in their physical relationship; nothing beyond kissing is shown.
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Strong language throughout includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bulls--t," "pr--k," "d--k," "God's sake," etc.
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Products & Purchases
iPhone, Bugs Bunny.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine, beer, whiskey, and cocktails at dinners and parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Made in Italy is a family dramedy starring Liam Neeson and his real-life son, Micheál Richardson, as a reclusive artist named Robert and his adult gallery-manager son, Jack. They reconnect to renovate and sell the Italian country house they inherited from their late wife/mother. The movie deals with mature themes -- including grief, divorce, and single parenthood -- and has a large dose of strong language ("f--k," "f--king," "s--t," etc.). But there are also themes of communication, compassion, and empathy, and the movie promotes close, open relationships between parents and adult children. Romance is limited to flirting and a few kisses; adults drink socially. Expect a couple of potentially upsetting conversations about the tragic death that changed both men's lives. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Real-life father and son Neeson and Richardson give affecting performances in this predictable but poignant dramedy set in the gorgeous Tuscan hills. Audiences aware of Neeson and Richardson's personal history -- that Neeson's wife/Richardson's mother, Natasha Richardson, died tragically after a skiing accident in 2009 -- will see the immediate parallels with the story of Robert and Jack losing their beloved wife/mother in a car accident when Jack was a young boy. The scenes between Robert and Jack unpacking their grief and the aftermath of the accident are particularly authentic, the emotion visceral.
There's a natural beauty to films set in Italy, and director James D'Arcy uses the country's idyllic landscapes in a way that lovingly captures the light. Despite its heavy themes, the plot of Made in Italy is remarkably easy to follow, especially when it comes to the men's potential love interests, who are identifiable from their first moments on screen. Bilello is well-cast as a luminous single mother who's also an exceptional chef and an almost magical restaurant owner. And Duncan is fabulous as the candid, eyebrow-raising estate agent who manages to get Robert to share about his past. Although the story is thin, there's substance in the simplicity, and it's refreshing to see Neeson play a father who doesn't tote guns or have to extract his child from kidnappers.
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