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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lesson about perseverance.
Violence & Scariness
Some intense scenes of physical labor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are some intense scenes in this retelling of the legend of John Henry, but it is well-done and designed not to be overly upsetting. 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 legend of John Henry has the potential to be very upsetting, but this version has bypassed the worst parts of the story in favor of inspiration and heroics. The acting is very good, particularly Glover and Lynn Whitfield as his loving wife. The story moves slowly in parts, but the lessons about perseverance and sticking up for the little guy are inspiring and moving.
We are spared seeing John Henry die with his hammer in his hand, an ending that can be traumatic for children. Instead we get a tale of bravery, love, and friendship that will speak to viewers of all ages.
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