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Mary 4 Mayor

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Small-town nostalgia drives enjoyable faith-based story.

Movie NR 2021 96 minutes
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This movie has a lot of nostalgia for small-town America and will be especially enjoyable to viewers who share that nostalgia. Mary 4 Mayor presents small-town "Main Street" as the heart of the community, a place for people to gather and socialize, and where multigenerational businesses keep food on family tables. It also shows how preserving history helps bind communities together. But it would feel more inclusive if there were more people of color in the cast.

On the plus side, the faith-based messages are fairly universal, though of course they assume a belief in God, and they're straightforward without being too preachy or heavy-handed. The acting and production quality are good, too, about on par with made-for-TV movies or long-running, if older, TV series like Murder, She Wrote. There's no real content of concern, but kids younger than tweens probably won't be interested in a story about local politics with no cast members younger than teens. Tweens and teens will likely enjoy watching Mary as she shows that she's not too young to have a big impact and make real changes in her community.

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