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Promised Land

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Low-key "issues" drama has some strong language, drinking.

Movie R 2012 106 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Climbing the wall

I like the show. However the Joe speech about the dream and compared the Mexicans who jumped the wall on the border to the hardworking Irish and Italians that came in to Ellis Island and became citizens and learned English was plain wrong. Insult to my ancestors.

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A unique group of talents came together for this issue movie. Acclaimed author Dave Eggers wrote the original story, and actors Damon and Krasinski wrote the screenplay. Gus Van Sant directed, 15 years after directing another Damon screenplay, Good Will Hunting. The result is pleasantly low-key and never seems preachy or angry. But PROMISED LAND also raises more issues than it can reasonably tackle.

Specifically, it brings up the complex question of what farmers are supposed to do in such a terrible economy; should they risk damaging the environment in exchange for financial security? Yet Promised Land turns its focus to Steve's personal journey and resolves that, leaving the farmers on their own. Van Sant gives this one a more cursory touch than usual, recalling Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester. But the well-rounded characters -- especially McDormand's -- make it enjoyable along the way.

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