A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strongly positive messages about faith and family, the process of grieving, and alternate families and communities gathering to help others in times of need.
Positive Role Models
Adults are extremely present, concerned, and engaged, even when struggling with their own issues. Everyone in the film tackles his or her own unique response to grief while still trying to be a good person and honor commitments. The children often lie or avoid being honest to preserve the family setup their mother has created; it may be less than admirable behavior, but the circumstances are extraordinary.
Violence & Scariness
A woman is shown lying in the street after being hit by a car. There are frequent intense scenes involving a woman in a coma and frequent discussions of death, illness, and loss surrounding a mother shown in flashbacks who passed away after a struggle with cancer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman kiss. A man watches a woman walk off and comments on how she saunters. A man and woman trying to conceive discuss "doing it" at optimal times for conception. A man sets up a romantic evening for his wife, including flowers, candles, and wine.
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Minor: "what the hell," "shut up," "oh, my God," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man and woman drink wine at a club. A man pours and swigs wine as part of a romantic dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Raising Izzie is an emotionally intense movie about two young girls whose mother died after a struggle with cancer and set them up logistically and financially to live on their own so they would not be separated in foster care. The girls struggle to survive and keep the secret, and the majority of the movie centers on their struggle to believe in God after their mother's death. The couple who comes into their lives also wrestles over their personal faith while struggling to conceive. There are multiple flashbacks of a sick mother, conversations about having children or not, and many heart-wrenching scenes involving losing one's mother, processing grief, and questioning faith. Best for older kids who can handle intensity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
RAISING IZZIE is a positive but intense film that explores heartfelt issues of faith and family. It's well-acted and intelligent and doesn't hide its faith-based agenda. For children who have lost a parent and struggle with grief or couples who have spent years trying to conceive and considered adoption, some very raw emotions here will be relatable and possibly cathartic. But the key word here is "raw," and many of the scenes are very intense depictions of grief and soul-searching questioning of faith and purpose that are difficult for anyone to watch, much less children. Parents should watch with guidance and caution and be prepared for some big tearjerker scenes that could be triggering; kids may need a lot of reassurance and discussion.
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