Parents' Guide to

Stars Fell on Alabama

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Boozy "culture clash" romcom has innuendo, implied sex.

Movie PG-13 2021 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Stars rose on Alabama

Great romantic comedy. Really enjoyed the storyline between the 2 main characters. Some really good supporting actors who add some very funny moments. The soundtrack is a perfect fit for the movie. Taylor Hicks did a great job.
age 13+

Good For The Whole Family

This is a wholesome, feel good movie for the whole family. There are a few scenes where the characters are drinking, but there is no underage drinking or drunkenness. There is one romantic scene but it is done very discreetly. All in all a good movie to watch with your family.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

For romcom fans, this might feel like a knockoff; you may have to remind yourself that it's not Sweet Home Alabama, that Hanna isn't Kate Hudson, and that Maslow isn't Adam Levine. It all looks familiar, but it's not nearly as good as stalwarts of the genre. That said, it's not awful, either. And for some teens, it may feel like an evolution of their childhood, since Hanna and Maslow are both former Nickelodeon stars (she used to be the Yellow Power Ranger, and he was the face of Big Time Rush). Now they're are all grown up, and while the idea of attending a 15-year high school reunion may not be totally relatable to kids, the content of the story mostly feels like the stuff of Nick at Nite. The language is clean, there's no real violence, and even the innuendo is fairly scrubbed. Heck, when everyone sneaks out to skinny dip, most of the underwear seen looks like swimsuits (in fact, one woman somehow does have on a swimsuit -- we can only assume she knew where the evening would end up?).

Nothing is especially original here, but sometimes, a tried-and-true formula works just fine. And for a new generation of romantic comedy viewers, "same old, same old" can feel new. Line dancing scenes have been around since Footloose, but Stars Fell on Alabama's all-country soundtrack is likely to be appreciated by many viewers (though kids may not recognize American Idol 2006 winner Taylor Hicks covering the All-American Rejects' 2008 single "Gives You Hell"). The movie feels targeted at the oldest members of Gen Z and the youngest millennials, but with characters who are familiar high school types, there's just enough here to entertain, whether you live in an urban high-rise or a rural farmhouse.

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