A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Characters are supportive of one another, offering an ear to listen, help, and encouragement. Main characters are humble and caring.
While casting of main characters suggests that everyone who lives in rural Oregon is White, two out-of-town best friends come to help: David (Black actor Johnnie Mack) and Sarah (Korean actor Cecilia Kim).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A long-term monogamous couple who haven't seen each other in a while kiss passionately and tear their clothes off to have sex. A woman is shown wearing a lacy bra while sitting astride her boyfriend. A morning-after moment shows two people waking up in bed together, with one wearing lingerie; this situation is referenced several times. Romance is central to the plot. A negatively portrayed character tries to get a group of men to go to a strip club, but they refuse to go inside, saying they don't objectify women. A bachelorette party involves a stripper, but he's not shown in action.
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One use of "dammit."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking: champagne, wine, beer, and whiskey. No one is shown drinking to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stars Fell Again is the sequel to Stars Fell on Alabama. It picks up a year after talent agent Bryce Dixon (James Maslow) and movie star Madison Belle (Ciara Hanna) began dating. This time around, the focus is on Madison's sister, Harper (Ali Faulkner), whose surprise engagement to someone she's known for just three months leads to her wondering whether she's overlooked her best friend. Parents may want to use this scenario to talk with teens about how marriage is for the long haul and that intense feelings that come on quickly can sometimes flame out just as fast. All of the celebrating means that champagne, wine, beer, and whiskey flow freely (though no one is shown drunk). Separated for a long time by work demands, Bryce and Madison have a hot and heavy make-out session when they're reunited. Madison hastily pulls off her shirt to reveal a lacy bra while sitting on top of Bryce. Bryce's sleazy boss also tries to take a group of men to a strip club, but they refuse to go inside, saying they don't objectify women. Meanwhile, a bachelorette party involves a stripper, but he's not shown in action. Language is mild, with "dammit" about as strong as it gets. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As star Maslow might express it, the follow-up to Stars Fell on Alabama feels Big Time Rushed. The first film had a certain charm, but it appears producers moved quickly to capitalize on its unexpected success: The sequel's script feels slapped together and as half-thought-out as the title. As a result, the energy and magic of the characters is drained.
The sequel has a big problem: The fact that Bryce is an awesome boyfriend who's just trying to ask his amazing girlfriend to marry him isn't enough to sustain a film. The writers seem to recognize this by switching the focus to Harper. But we don't get enough backstory to understand why she would agree to immediately marry a guy she's only known for three months. There's also no insight provided as to why no one in her family is suggesting that she slow down, even when she expresses her own doubts. The story takes place around Christmas, which feels like a marketing ploy, but then it mostly ignores the holiday other than throwing in a couple of holiday movie clichés and offering Maslow the chance to sing a carol. And some stuff is just ridiculous. For example, Bryce is challenged to do a couples' dance with Madison and, lo and behold, he just happens to have a pair of tap shoes and turns out to be a modern-day Fred Astaire. That may be the film's biggest flaw. It's one thing for Bryce and Madison to be good people. It's quite another when they're perfect at everything they attempt. It's like the movie equivalent of social media filters. And who needs more of that?
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