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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Heidi lives with and loves two people with emotional and mental disabilities. Her acceptance of them just as they are -- even when their limitations impact her life negatively -- sends strong positive messages of tolerance, dignity, and caring. Family isn't just who you're related to by blood; it's the people who love and support you.
Positive Role Models
Twelve-year-old Heidi has had to become very independent and strong, taking care of tasks and going on journeys that even much older people would be afraid of. She's courageous, clear-minded, powerful, and loving, as well as respected and appreciated by those around her. Her guardian, Bernadette, who suffers from agoraphobia, is loving, caring, and supportive. Includes realistic, appreciative portraits of people who are intellectually disabled.
Violence & Scariness
There's a tragic death (not a child), which could upset young/sensitive viewers. The fact that Heidi goes on a long journey by herself could also alarm some kids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that So B. It is a touching coming-of-age drama about a 12-year-old girl named Heidi (Talitha Bateman) who's growing up in isolation because she lives with her intellectually disabled mother and a family friend who has agoraphobia and can't leave the house. These characters' limitations are treated with respect, and they're loved and given dignity and understanding, with their needs considered. Heidi goes on a long journey alone, essentially running away in the middle of the night, but she's never in any real danger and meets people who treat her with kindness. A tragic death late in the movie may upset young or sensitive viewers; Heidi's plight may also be disturbing to some viewers. But tweens and teens will relate to the character and may be inspired by her strength, perseverance, and courage. The movie is based on the same-named novel by Sarah Weeks. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sad, beautiful, and unique, this sympathetic coming-of-age tale based on Sarah Weeks' novel about a determined young girl with a mysterious past will resonate with adults, tweens, and teens. It's not that Heidi is unhappy, exactly, even though she seems to know only one child her own age, and even though her mom, while loving, needs Heidi to care for her rather than the other way around. But, like most 12-year-olds, Heidi is starting to question the staus quo. Why are things the way they are? Where's the rest of her family? Who took care of her mom before they landed in Bernadette's lap? Since Bernadette has no answers, Heidi digs into the mystery on her own -- and what she finds is neither pleasant nor simple.
What's ultimately uplifting about a story that could be really depressing is So B. It's focus not just on the terrible things that can happen to people but also on how the love and support of other people -- blood relations or not -- can make these realities bearable. Heidi's past is tragic, her present complicated. But she is loved, and she is accepted. And So B. It's ultimate sweet message is that sometimes that's enough.
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