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Not to Forget

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Underwhelming Alzheimer's drama focuses on faith, family.

Movie NR 2021 84 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Too shallow to be taken seriously.

When you can see the end of the movie within one minute of the beginning, you know you are in for a boring ride. With shallow and contrived conflicts of family illness which ebbed and flowed perfectly with plot device predictability and characters that were so two dimensional, theynwould have been better written as cartoons, I cannot give this movie a good rating even though I agree with its sentiment. It undermines itself with its lack of reality. It should take so much sentimentality tomhave one see the err of their ways.
age 11+

Kevin Rocks!!

Cute movie. Limited parts for CLoris Olympia and others. Held together by “Joe and his mother in law with Alzheimer’s “ Kids needed more time to develop their acting skills. Great to see Kevin again and able to work with such great actors

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Well-intentioned but not well-made, this faith-based dramedy's primary delight is its cast. Stars from the 1970s to the '90s are coming through the woodwork: Olympia Dukakis plays a warm-hearted but no-nonsense judge, Cloris Leachman is a beauty shop busybody, Tatum O'Neal appears as an elder-care doctor, George Chakiris is a bank manager, and Louis Gossett Jr. plays the church pastor. Carrying most of the weight as a grandmother succumbing to Alzheimer's is Grassle, who's best known as Ma from Little House on the Prairie. But she plays Melody more as "dotty" than "struggling with serious dementia."

With so many good actors giving subpar performances, which are sometimes affected by strange edits, it's hard not to think that the reason Not to Forget disappoints can be traced back to those in charge. The ideas that writer-director Valerio Zanoli is trying to convey are wonderful: The benefits of getting to know your grandparents is timeless, finding purpose through service to others is valuable, and forgiving relations for their failings applies to many families. But the story goes too far into left field by suggesting that an Alzheimer's patient would believe a young man with long hair is Jesus because he says so.

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