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Themes include courage, empathy, and integrity. Never give up, be persistent, don't take no for an answer. Stand up for those who are weak and demand justice. Children everywhere deserve education, health care, a chance to just be a kid, and, most importantly, love. You can make a big difference; you may have to start small, but don't let that stop you from doing something to help and then building on it.
Positive Role Models
Christina Noble is a real person, and the movie is based on her life, which has been dedicated to helping street children, particularly in Vietnam but in other places around the world, too. She's a great role model for never giving up, even when things are darkest. She has tremendous perseverance and never loses her faith even when it's severely tested. She champions the rights of children to education and health care and works tirelessly to see her projects through. She stands up to authority to ask for what's right, and she confronts bad guys and demands justice.
Violence & Scariness
A woman coughs up blood; spatters are briefly shown. A woman is grabbed, kidnapped, and gagged; her kidnapper uses sexual innuendo; she struggles, and after a fade to black she wakes up somewhere else with torn clothes. A man takes a girl who's about 10 up to his hotel room; rape is mentioned, and after a lot of suspense and tension the girl is rescued, the man is shoved to the ground, and eventually he's arrested. A few slaps and an attack with a broom and bucket. A woman's cut and bruised eye is shown over a few minutes as she discusses how her husband will come after her if she leaves. Intense vintage news footage shows bombing, explosions, displaced people, ruined buildings, and children wandering alone in the aftermath. Mention that people in extreme poverty sometimes abandon babies with birth defects in the garbage. Some infants and toddlers with birth defects shown briefly, including one baby with a bloody bandage on its head. Photos of very young girls are discovered in a pedophile's drawer; we see a few in which they're fully clothed, but the person who finds them reacts with horror to some that aren't shown. An extremely drunk man has violent outbursts and destroys things in his home. A teen victim of rape has a baby.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Older teens in pajamas get into bed together and start to kiss. Brief scene of an adulterous couple under sheets simulating sex; no body parts are shown.
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"Bitch" a couple of times. "Jesus" as exclamation. A vulgar gesture equivalent to the middle finger in the U.S. a couple of times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Historical and cultural settings (Ireland in the '50s and '60s, Vietnam in the '80s) show a lot of background people smoking. The protagonist smokes once and mentions later that she quit. A central character drinks heavily; his drunken behavior is shown along with violent outbursts. Several scenes take place in bars and pubs. Mention that a discussion would go better with whiskey. The protagonist has a glass of wine in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Noble is an inspirational true story about a woman who overcomes tremendous hardship of her own and dedicates her life to helping street children in Vietnam and around the world. There's nothing graphic or explicit, but mature themes include rape, child sex trafficking, parental death and separation, and the harsh realities of extreme poverty. Profanity includes "bitch" and "Jesus." There's some smoking and drinking. A central character drinks heavily; his drunken behavior is shown along with violent outbursts. The messages are ultimately uplifting and positive, and it's a great way to get teens thinking about how much of a difference one person can make. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an inspirational story of an amazing woman who has overcome a great deal and made the world a better place. The supporting cast is strong, and the story remains compelling and advances nicely even as it moves back and forth in time. Minor weaknesses include an uneven performance from Deirdre O'Kane as Christina in the '80s -- she sometimes seems not quite fully engaged with her character -- and a few scenes that become a little too preachy and blunt getting their message across. Noble ends on a very uplifting note, and families with mature teens will enjoy watching and talking together about Christina, her life, and what we can learn from her.
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