A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Story is about redemption and promotes idea that it's never too late for love (of all kinds). Encourages compassion.
Positive Role Models
Most of the female characters are independent, self-possessed. Male characters are more stereotypical: sleeping around with more than one partner, good for fixing things. A minor character is abusive. Lead character abandoned his family, comes to regret it once he's in his 50s. Only one character of color, and it's not a positive/progressive representation: The cook at a diner is Latinx.
Violence & Scariness
A man tries to intimidate a woman with aggressive behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Steamy sex scenes with nudity, including breasts and backsides. A man is shown fully naked from the side.
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Strong language includes "bitch," "bulls--t," multiple uses of "f--k." Most of the profanity is in one scene where a man speaks to his wife in a rage; it's portrayed as wrong.
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Products & Purchases
A Jeep vehicle is featured in multiple scenes, including the logo.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent drinking by adults, with a few scenes taking place in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sometime Other Than Now is a romantic redemption drama about middle-aged characters that likely won't interest kids. The story centers on a man named Sam (Donal Logue) who abandoned his family 30 years ago and now wants to make amends with his adult daughter (Trieste Kelly Dunn) and granddaughter (Alexa Swinton). All is not instantly forgiven, and attention is given to both Sam's regret and his daughter's anger and skepticism. Compassion is encouraged, and the underlying message is that it's never too late for love -- and that covers familial love, romantic love, and even loving yourself. Expect a few steamy sex scenes with partial nudity (breasts, bottoms), as well as Sam shown completely in the buff from the side (it's shot so that you're not completely sure what you're seeing). The film doesn't offer much on the representation front: The cast is almost exclusively White, and male characters are portrayed somewhat stereotypically. Adult characters drink, and a bar is a community gathering place. Strong language includes "s--t," "f--k," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A coming-of-age drama about characters in their mid-50s may appeal to some viewers, but teens won't likely want to see it -- nor should they. Sam is a man who ran from his family responsibilities when the going got tough. Three decades later -- after his ex-wife's death -- he decides to show up for his adult daughter to try to build a relationship. It's not completely an apologist tale, as the fly-on-the-wall perspective doesn't let viewers tap into anyone's motivations beyond what they tell us. Instead of suggesting the magical repair of a severed relationship, it lets viewers debate internally whether Sam's daughter, Audrey (Trieste Kelly Dunn), should forgive him and accept him back into her life -- or tell him to stay under a rock.
Still, much of Sometime Other Than Now plays out like the fantasy of a long-absent parent. If this is anyone's story, though, it's Kate's. A divorcée who's taken over her family's motel and diner, she gets in everyone's business without viewers learning too much about her. But she's the glue of the story, a woman who recognizes the broken parts in others and involves herself to mend them. It's too bad that writer-director-producer Dylan McCormick has created strong female characters here but doesn't quite take them all the way. In fact, one key insight into Kate comes strictly from Walsh's performance: When Sam asks her whether she has children, she simply says no -- but her eyes, her face, and her intonation subtly suggest a much more complex story. As Sam and Kate fall into a sexual camaraderie, it's clear that this is a mature story for mature audiences.
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