Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Poignant, beautifully performed drama has mature themes.

R 2021 108 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 14+

Beautiful Portrait of a Life Well-Lived

This film is beautiful, though some might find the pace slow because there is very little "action" in the movie. The film centers on a woman named Fern, whose husband has died following the closing of their town's factory. The town has become a ghost town (based on a real place) and she decides to live the life of a Nomad. She lives out of her van and travels the West with other nomads. The film is beautiful and I had a moment in the film where I was like "this is life, we are looking at life captured on film." The only reason for the higher age range is that there is brief nudity (non-vulgar) when Fern bathes in a stream. There is also some drinking and smoking, but it is what most kids would see watching Prime-time television or at home with parents who smoke. I can think of two instances where the b-word is said. There isn't any sex that I can recall in the film. This movie was gorgeously shot and well-acted.

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Ridiculous that this movie is rated R

Ridiculous that this movie is rated R! There are so many things we come across in our day-to-day lives even in regular commercials on TV their farm worse than anything seen in this movie. And it’s a shame because it displays beauty across America and also lots of real life issues that people can learn from. I don’t recall any thing as much as a kiss shared in this movie! It should not be rated R!

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