Parents' Guide to

New Life

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Heartwarming message, but romantic drama falls flat.

Movie PG 2016 88 minutes
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This is a pretty simple tale, told in a pretty simple way, with nothing that makes it particularly special or refreshing. Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl face adversity. That's about it. It doesn't help that New Life seems to have forgotten that basic storytelling direction: Show, don't tell. Instead, it relies too much on explanatory dialogue and voiceover, and there's not much variation in how scenes play out. And while Moore and Bethea seem to be putting in their best efforts, their chemistry is only so-so; sparks don't fly.

Yes, the movie has a fundamentally inspiring message: Keep going, no matter what kind of hardship comes your way. But the execution is flawed, and there's little here that makes Ben and Ava's story truly compelling to watch.

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