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Parents' Guide to

Nowhere Special

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teary drama about a single father planning life after death.

Movie NR 2021 96 minutes
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This is an incredibly moving film that takes a unique and profound look at death, through the eyes of a parent. Make no mistake, Nowhere Special will have you weeping in buckets. The central performance from Norton is remarkable. Linked heavily with the James Bond job in the past, the usually sharp-looking charmer is almost unrecognizable as Irish window cleaner John. It's a testament to his performance that he feels so far removed from anything he's done before, and so convincing with it. His co-star, the young Daniel Lamont -- who plays John's three-year-old son, Michael -- is brilliant too, in a role that can't have been easy for the youngster to play.

It should be said that the film can be, at times, somewhat emotionally manipulative, with an overbearing score that lends a hand. It's an unnecessary addition as there's enough substance in the narrative to evoke the required tug at the heartstrings. But that all being said, it works. So pack tissues -- and lot's of them.

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