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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweet, romantic musical hits all the right notes.

Movie R 2007 85 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Wrong supportive message

Wewent to alive performance and I thought the opening scene was quirky and fun! An interesting concept that musicians were using their own musical instruments. What "bothered" me was the relationship that was embraced as acceptable. Had "her" husband or "his" girlfriend participated I would be writing a different review. At one scene he suggests she come up to his apartment later and she certainly accepted with an inference she would! Our lives are complex with marital commitment set aside in many instances. He had a very supportive steady relationship who accepted what he chose without question and showed loyalty! America where are our values? Is it ok to "flirt" with infidelity? Is it ok as long as we restrain from following through? I enjoyed the performance but wish the messsge was more supportive of traditional and committed marriage! My husband couldn't hold back his tears-what do you think this suggested? I accept it but wonder how my life might be different if it had been another time in American history. Infidelity is everywhere-it affects most of us- why pay to see its affects in person. I now have a new sadness to deal with and I paid to see it in person. Sad-I'd rather spend my hard earned money in more positive ways!

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Too much swearing
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age 2+

Single Man and Married Women..Not Okay.

I'm not only shocked, but extremely disappointed that Common Sense Media would give this movie a four star rating. I'm equally disgusted by the age appropriate suggestion! "...the positive message about love and emotional connection...", are you kidding me? The women is married; does that not matter to anyone out there? The entire movie is about a single man advancing toward a married women, and a married women advancing toward a single man-and everyone is cool with this? And you(Common Sense Media) describe it as: 'sweet' and 'romantic' and as 'hitting all the right notes'? Appropriate for a thirteen year old? What?! A storyline like this one isn't appropriate for an adult let alone OUR CHILDREN. Common Sense??, I'm not seeing it. I think it's time you change your name.
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
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John Carney's musical is one of those gems that so rarely graces the big screen these days: a truly good movie. That Carney, who once was a member of The Frames himself, could fashion such a moving, romantic film without resorting to the ho-hum boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl formula is a testament to his talent as both a writer and a director. Deftly and lightly, he lets emotions build up quietly for maximum impact. The relationship between the two leads develops as if in real life: unhurriedly but with great force.

Once's songs aid the storytelling -- but, unlike most musicals, they pour out naturally, as you'd expect when two accomplished musicians unite. In "Falling Slowly," a haunting melody, the pair sings in harmony: "I don't know you/But I want you/All the more for that." In fact, the movie itself plays like a great song; you could listen to it over and over and rediscover something new each time.

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