Really wonderful underdog movie, good values
This is easily my favorite family movie of the year. It starts out really slow (12 yo was skeptical) but it builds really well. Phiona starts out humble, like a pawn, and becomes overconfident and prideful like the queen, before encountering failure and despair. Her coach counsels her through chess and life lessons, "never give up so easily". Education, privilege, choices. Perseverance, humility. Faith and courage. Light Christian elements and messages. I read the book and unlike a lot of movies I've seen this year, I don't believe anything was exaggerated or fudged for the movie.
Most of the warning parts were covered in the main review, the motorcycle accident and the hospital. Extreme poverty and hardship. There are references to prostitution and 'sugar daddies' in order to escape the poverty, and the consequences therein, there's sexual awareness and danger, some slut-shaming but family ultimately wins out. It's an excellent movie to show anyone who is struggling with anything and needs to learn to persevere through failure.
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This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness