Parents' Guide to

Missing William

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Meditation on tragic violence, grief is heavy and complex.

Movie PG 2011 90 minutes
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MISSING WILLIAM is part love story, part grief story, and as such it never lands solidly on either front. There is some beautiful cinematography from experienced actors who make the most of their parts (and, interestingly, James and Abby are married in real life).There are some unexpected twists and surprising choices, and the film is to be commended for playing high drama more low-key than it has to. That said, it tends to sentimentalize every moment, and parents should be cautioned against the heavy themes here with the tragic violence, past abuse, casual and escapist drinking, and overall somber, meditative tone; there are no happy endings. It's best for older kids who appreciate complex resolutions.

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