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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes include true love and overcoming life's unforeseen obstacles, together as a couple. Strength, courage, and unconditional support are displayed throughout. Making sacrifices to help others and the importance of communication. Spoiler alert: References to euthanasia and suicide.
Positive Role Models
Both Sam and Tusker are fully rounded and realistic characters -- depicted as flawed and imperfect, but above all, generous and kind. As Tusker suffers from dementia, Sam remains strong for him, and is completely and unconditionally supportive. He makes sacrifices along the way, even to his career, to ensure they spend as much time together as possible before the illness deteriorates. They both represent a very authentic, real love. Their same-sex relationship isn't a narrative device, it's just presented as a matter of fact.
Violence & Scariness
Two characters grapple each other on the sofa, but their fight doesn't descend into anything more. Some heated arguments between characters, but none are long lasting and are quickly resolved. Spoiler alert: Discussion about euthanasia and suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very slight -- non-graphic -- nudity from the side, as a character lies in bed, barely covered by the duvet. Two characters share a sensual kiss in bed.
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Occasional swearing, with a few uses of the word "f--k" and "s--t." Also one use of the word "arse." "Jesus" is used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character drinks whiskey in the evening. At a house party, the guests are all sat around drinking alcohol, and at the table they all drink wine with their dinner and toast together in a celebratory manner. Discussion about drugs in the context of helping someone end their life.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Supernova is a powerful love story about a couple dealing with early onset dementia, and includes some language and (spoiler alert) references to suicide and euthanasia. Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) are a loving couple who take a road trip as the two come to terms with Tusker's diagnosis. Their relationship is portrayed as an authentic, unvarnished take on love between two people. But it doesn't shy away from displaying the hardships, sacrifices, and compromises required to make a long-term relationship work. The movie takes an interesting and raw look on death, euthanasia, and suicide, presenting the latter two as options for somebody facing up to a deteriorating illness, which may upset some viewers. There is some use of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "Jesus" being used as an exclamation. Characters are seen drinking occasionally, but generally in social circumstances and not to excess. 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 beautiful study of love, in a unique and uncompromising way, this is far-removed from the archetypal Hollywood relationships we're so used to seeing. Supernova excels in its authentic depiction of long-term, yet loving union, showing the flaws and compromises, but also the support and unconditional love that is so integral to the human experience. Tonally, director and writer Harry Macqueen has presented a movie that is incredibly tender, and warm, and yet the themes explored are anything but.
The central characters -- Sam and Tusker -- are facing up to a tumultuous road ahead, with deteriorating health and death a lingering and unwanted travel companion as the couple travel across beautiful English countryside. Firth and Tucci are wonderful in the leading roles, so nuanced and likable throughout. You believe in their love every step of the way. Even in just the way they look at each other, it's a masterclass of subtle performance. Ultimately this is a film about time, and how it is best spent, and you could do a lot worse than spending your own indulging in this moving story.
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