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Ring of Fire

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Poignant, inspiring bio pays homage to June Carter Cash.

Movie NR 2013 90 minutes
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Ring of Fire is told from June's point of view through the words of their son, which gives it an authenticity that isn't always reliable in melodramatic biopics. (This is in contrast to the 2005 big-screen movie Walk the Line, which chronicled Johnny's story.) Jewel does a remarkable job of encapsulating the essence and sound of this legendary and beloved American character, whose poignant tale of loss, pain, forgiveness, and devotion sends an inspiring message that contrasts much of what our divorce-riddled culture accepts as the norm.

Because this story deals with mature issues like addiction and struggling marriages, it's meant to be viewed by those who can relate in some degree to this kind of human drama. That said, the clean content invites teens who can handle the gritty, real-life topics, and the uplifting nature of its messages reminds viewers of the imperfections of life and the enduring stamina of the human spirit to overcome those trials. What's more, it's a good example of the discrepancies between our perceptions of celebrities and what their lives are really like.

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