My Life So Far
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Life So Far focuses on a young boy growing up in 1920s Scotland on a huge estate, surrounded by a large family. The adults become involved in a variety of grown-up emotional entanglements, though they're all seen through Fraser's eyes, and he slowly starts to grasp the meaning of some of these incidents during the course of the film. In one scene he finds a cache of nude drawings and racy books and later brings up sexual topics in discussion with adults. There is some occasional mild swearing and a few shots from behind of nude boys skinny-dipping in a lake.
What's the story?
Fraser Pettigrew is a tween boy growing up on Kiloran, a vast estate ruled over by his stern, but loving grandmother in 1920s Scotland in MY LIFE SO FAR. His slightly eccentric inventor father (Colin Firth) is devoted to the family, but often clashes with Fraser's wealthy businessman uncle (Malcolm McDowell), who has very different views about how to run the estate. These adult conflicts are seen from Fraser's childlike perspective, and over the course of the film he gradually starts to understand more of the situations.
Is it any good?
My Life So Far is a charming film, filled with entertaining characters and beautiful vistas. Fraser is an endearing lad and he gets plenty of good lines as he struggles to understand the complexities of adulthood. It's fun to watch.
What it lacks is a compelling plot. It's staged more as a series of vaguely connected vignettes that paint a realistic picture of a family, but don't necessarily make for much of a story. The film moves from one incident to another, introduces one conflict then resolves it and moves on. And then finally it just stops. It feels like the film is just tagging along for a ride rather than watching a well-thought-out movie.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about coming-of-age movies. What do they all have in common? What would be your coming-of-age story? Are there any great growing up books that would make a good movie?
How realistic does this movie feel? Can you relate to the boy's situations despite the time and place differences?
|DVD/Streaming release date:||September 20, 2011|
|Cast:||Colin Firth, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio|
|Studio:||Echo Bridge Home Entertainment|
|Topics:||Brothers and sisters, Great boy role models|
|Run time:||85 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||sexual content, including some nude pictures|