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Murphy's Romance

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Winning, sweet-natured '80s romcom has profanity.

Movie PG-13 1985 107 minutes
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Sally Field and Jim Garner sparkle in this romantic comedy about two grown-ups finding love at an unexpected time in an unexpected place. Field made a substantial career by playing a feisty woman coming into her own, winning two Academy Awards. This movie is one of the rewards of her continued success. Slow, easy, and with grace, director Martin Ritt and company have created two believable people as they reach for joy and serenity in small-town America. The movie's not jokey-funny; the humor as well as the heart come from the characters. And there's no true villain; the conflict comes from within those characters. Original songs by Carole King set just the right tone. In spite of some salty language, the flash of a man's butt on the way to the shower, and occasional beer drinking, Murphy's Romance is a well-made, engaging romantic comedy that will appeal to mature tweens, teens, and adults, both male and female.

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