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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Focuses on empathy and compassion toward others in need, in particular U.S. veterans, as well as empathy and compassion toward children in the foster care system.
Positive Role Models
Alicia does her best to take care of her father, Sgt. Beaumont "Bo" Willis, despite being a child. As a social worker and foster care worker, Magdalene shows empathy and compassion toward Alicia as she tries to put her with a safe foster family.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of kicking, pushing, urinating on an injured person. Scene featuring mace. Attempted sexual abuse toward a minor. Bo has PTSD from his time in the military.
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Infrequent use of words including "f--k" and "f--king."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Infrequent alcohol use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Princess of the Row is an emotional drama about Beaumont "Bo" Willis (Edi Gathegi), a U.S. military veteran who suffered a brain injury and is now unhoused, and his daughter, Alicia (Tayler Buck). She lives in foster care with Magdalene Rodriguez (Ana Ortiz) but chooses to stay with Bo on the streets in the hope of curing him of his illness. Expect infrequent swearing (including "f--k") and alcohol use, as well as scenes of kicking, pushing, and urinating on an injured person and attempted sexual abuse toward a minor. It has themes of compassion and empathy, but this film about a girl coming of age amid harsh conditions is definitely a tear-jerker. Tissues will be required. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This emotional drama focuses on a girl coming of age while dealing with her father's brain injury and mental illness. Princess of the Row might seem like a family drama on the surface, but it brings up poignant issues about veterans' care and the care of children in the U.S. foster care system. Gathegi does a tremendous job as Bo, who comes in and out of lucidity as he lives in memories of his PTSD from war. Granted, Gathegi isn't someone who lives with PTSD in real life, which could upset some disabled viewers, especially since there's a movement to have more authentic casting in such roles. That said, Gathegi gives a moving portrayal of a U.S. veteran who's been disregarded by his government and the American people. Hopefully, this will make viewers more conscious of some of the shortcomings the U.S. government has to account for in regards to how it treats veterans.
Buck also does excellent work as Alicia, a complex role that requires an especially talented young actor. Buck invests all of herself into the character, taking viewers on an emotionally resonant journey. By the end of the film, you'll hope that Buck becomes a huge name in Hollywood. The rest of the cast -- including Brown, Ortiz, Sheen, Gago, and Vargas -- help buoy the film with their solid performances. Overall, the film is impressive on both the acting and storytelling fronts and likely to leave audiences in tears and with a full heart.
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