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Parents need to know that See You Soon is a romantic drama about a relationship that evolves between a single mom (Jenia Tanaeva) and a struggling soccer star (Liam McIntyre). Two characters have sex in bed underneath the sheets; they move rhythmically, kiss at length, and moan, but there's no graphic nudity. Violence is infrequent, but a boy is injured in a fight and hospitalized at length. In other scenes, a character gets into a car accident while drinking and distracted by a phone, and an abusive husband slaps and pushes his wife (who leaves the relationship, though not until after her child has witnessed the violence). Infrequent language includes "hell," "screw it," and "butt." Many scenes take place in bars, and at least one character drinks heavily, which has serious long-term consequences in his life. Characters are honorable and demonstrate perseverance by working to atone for past mistakes, but some characters, including a competitive co-worker, are stereotypical and demonstrate iffy messages around gender.
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What's the story?
SEE YOU SOON is a "Cinderella story" in which a Russian single mom (writer/producer/star Jenia Tanaeva) who's fleeing an abusive relationship has a chance meeting with roguish, internationally famous soccer star Ryan Hawkes (Liam McIntyre). Ryan is fresh off a DUI that's left his career in tatters. Can these two people from different walks of life transcend their differences and make a new life together?
Is it any good?
Sensitively written and acted, this sweet romance is easy to root for, if predictable. Though Lana is clearly posited as the underdog audiences can relate to, it's a bit hard to buy her as a downtrodden sap. Meanwhile, the charming Ryan doesn't really feel like the bad boy he's painted to be as the film opens, so it's not much of a surprise when he turns out to be tender.
The film makes a lot out of the fact that Lana is slinging drinks when big sports star Ryan takes notice of her. But that won't faze audiences who are used to seeing conventionally beautiful women from every socioeconomic status snag wealthy men in the movies -- the differences in their backgrounds and bank accounts don't make for much of an obstacle. But there's one thing that does make an impact in this film, and it's a doozy: The stars have chemistry, and though their relationship ignites quickly, watching them evolve from an attraction to a supportive relationship is a delight. There aren't many surprises in See You Soon -- you know these two are meant for each other the second they appear together on-screen -- but the central romance is engaging in an old-fashioned way that may put some viewers in mind of slow burns like Carol or The Bodyguard. Love isn't everything, but it's enough to make this movie worth it for unabashed romance fans.
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Families can talk about romance movies, which typically feature some type of obstacle that keeps the main characters apart. What are the obstacles in See You Soon? Are they realistic? What are the obstacles in other romances you've seen?
Jenia Tanaeva wrote, produces, and stars in this movie. Is it common for actors to write movies for themselves to star in? Which can you name? How do actors generally depict themselves in movies? As heroic? Villainous? Why?
- In theaters: July 26, 2019
- Cast: Harvey Keitel, Poppy Drayton, Liam McIntyre, Jenia Tanaeva
- Director: David Mahmoudieh
- Studio: Vertical Entertainment
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Character Strengths: Perseverance
- Run time: 107 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: some sexual content
- Last updated: July 24, 2019
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