Of Boys and Men

Movie review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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age 13+

Emotional exploration of manhood and loss of a parent.

PG-13 2011 86 minutes

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age 10+

Grief and Disrupted Family Peace Belong to All Races and Colors

I came across this movie (on BET) while on vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida, one peaceful Friday afternoon in September 2012. Though I was in a lovely beachfront location, the movie became the best part of my trip--not the beach. The movie's spiritual message (its courage to acknowledge the power of prayer in this suddenly anti-God, anti-Christian country) is soothing and pleasing to the soul. I love that it portrays an intact African American family whose father is present and hard-working and openly affectionate with his wife (who wouldn't be, with Angela Bassett?), and who is an entrepreneur and business owner. I love that the children are articulate, studious and, under normal conditions, respectful. The power of a loving, morally strong, selfless aunt (Victoria Rowell) is also an endearing part of this story. And as one who now drives an eighteen-wheeler for a living and raised my beloved black son by myself, I was deeply moved to tears by two scenes in the movie. The blue-collar world of Chicago isn't only filled with the stereotypical rough-hewn ghetto ne'er-do-wells, it also boasts those blacks who make a conscious effort NOT to be stereotypical, and this movie does a great job of showing that fact. I truly appreciate Robert Townsend and everyone else associated with creating this inspiring, well-written, well-cast, well-acted dreamworld.

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i just watched this movie on BET, and i have to admit, that i had neve heard of it b4. i caught the movie by chance, i have 2 say THIS MOVIE WAS EXCELLENT!!!! i cied through most of it, but it was WORTH EVERY TEAR!!!! it is a ~ POSITIVE BLACK MOVIE , THAT DEALS WITH REAL EVERYDAY ISSUES!!!! ~

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