Sometime Other Than Now
Mature family drama has partial nudity, swearing.
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Sometime Other Than Now
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the Story?
In SOMETIME OTHER THAN NOW, a mysterious drifter named Sam (Donal Logue) arrives in a small seaside Massachusetts town. Befriended by Kate (Kate Walsh), the owner of the local motel and diner, he slowly reveals the purpose for his visit. With her support, he realizes he must face his past mistakes to move forward.
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how movies can be tools for building empathy and compassion. Is understanding the point of view of someone who's hurt us useful to our own emotional well-being? Or does telling a story from the perspsective of villains, bullies, or, in this case, a man who abandoned his family, help create a complicit environment?
Do you think Sometime Other Than Now offers an objective point of view? How might it be different if the story was told from Audrey or Molly's perspective?
How is drinking depicted? Is it glamorized? Are there realistic consequences? Why does that matter?
Do you think nudity is necessary to tell an authentic story that involves sexual situations? In this case, these scenes depict middle-aged women as thin and fit and their male romantic interest as paunchy and out of shape. What message does that send?
Did you notice any stereotyping in the movie?
- In theaters: March 5, 2021
- On DVD or streaming: March 5, 2021
- Cast: Donal Logue, Kate Walsh, Trieste Kelly Dunn
- Director: Dylan McCormick
- Studio: Gravitas Ventures
- Genre: Romance
- Character Strengths: Compassion
- Run time: 89 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 24, 2023
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