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Savannah Sunrise

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Horrible faith-based comedy has some mature themes.

Movie NR 2016 88 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Pleasant movie!

I really enjoyed this movie. It was uplifting and also taught good life lessons.

Is It Any Good?

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This awful family movie is unlikely to appeal to kids. Is Savannah Sunrise a comedy with buffoon-like characters who don crazy costumes when food ruins their clothes or is it a story about family, caring for aging parents, and valuing family above all else with a few comic moments thrown in here and there? The filmmakers don't seem to know. Reed turns in a good performance but her efforts battle the inept direction and insurmountable script problems at every turn. In her 60s, Reed doesn't seem old enough to have a son the age of Phil (Shawn Christian of Days of Our Lives, who is 51), never mind having the serious memory problems that play a role in the plot. When a taxi nearly hits a man dressed as a bear lying in the road, credulity is sorely tested. No one in the cab seems capable of recognizing that the shape of the creature lying there is clearly human nor that the acrylic brown fur might be a costume. "What is it?!" they keep asking.

The movie works hard to establish that Joy is impatient and rude, putting her in situations that couldn't happen and making her say things no decent adult would ever utter without proving herself too stupid to be a successful efficiency expert. When an expired airline ticket is introduced, the audience is expected to believe that no other air tickets are available. What it really tells us is that the writer is grasping to justify an implausible road trip. And what is the purpose of the portrait of great-grandfather Harold in the backseat except to make poor Joy scream the way no human in real life would ever scream when encountering a bad painting? Some might laugh when a waiter spills guacamole all over the women's hair and clothes, but when the two emerge from the restaurant wearing Mexican costumes and a sombrero, one wonders what place slapstick has in this movie. And would any sane driver speed up and drive recklessly after discovering a baby alligator in the back seat, or would they just pull over and get out of the car? All this makes it easy to feel that the movie's 88 minutes of running time have taken precious years of your life.

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