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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film underscores the importance of family and community.
Positive Role Models
The relationship between Holly and Wade is complicated, but both love each other very much. Traits like honor, honesty, and patriotism are important to many people in the community.
Violence & Scariness
An argument leads to someone getting punched. The death of a parent is briefly discussed, but no details are offered. Contains references to soldiers deploying to the Iraq War.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Direct references to fooling around, sex, virginity, marital affairs, and breast augmentation.
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Words like "hell," "damn," "crap," "ass," and "bitch" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Cars like Mercedes-Benz and GMC trucks are visible; the Coleman logo is also prominently displayed. Food brands like Quaker, Tropicana, and Pepsi are visible in one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer, wine, and cocktail drinking is visible; characters are sometimes shown drunk. DUIs are discussed; one cast member's drinking leads to marital problems.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie features some positive messages about family, home, and reconnecting with one's roots. It also contains lots of salty vocab ("hell," "damn," "bitch," "ass"), and some mildly risqué humor about sex, marital infidelity, and breast augmentation. Arguing is minimal, but one disagreement leads to someone being punched. Drinking (beer, cocktails) is frequent and drunken behavior is visible. A Mercedes-Benz and GMC truck is frequently visible, as are logos for Coleman and other products. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The story isn't particularly original, but thanks to the performances of both Rimes and Reynolds, it contains enough witty lines to make it entertaining. It also offers lots of heartwarming messages about reconnecting with family, while underscoring the value of community. The romantic plot line that develops also adds to the fun.
It's charming, but some of the content isn't appropriate (or intended) for younger viewers. No doubt that teens and adults fishing for a positive viewing choice may find something to hook onto here.
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