Parents' Guide to

The Age of Adaline

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Romantic fantasy lacks magical spark, but OK for teens.

Movie PG-13 2015 110 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Too much language for my family

I watched this with the impression that it included a couple of curse words. The language isn't as frequent as some, but does in include sh*t, d**n, G*d d**n, and h*ll. As far as the story line goes, the best part of the movie was Harrison Ford. :) It was an interesting plot that evoked different thoughts and feelings, but when the movie was over my husband and I both said out loud, "Weird."

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 16+

Sexual activity, and pretty hokey.

The primary content that is objectionable for children in this movie involves the irresponsible sexual activity of the characters. What Common Sense Media describes as "love scenes" are more accurately described as irresponsible sexual activity between unmarried people. True 'love' does not give into irresponsible reproductive behavior, and the movie seems to present this as OK and good. The accident scene is pretty intense and uncomfortable to watch. There is a bit of crude language and profanity. As far as entertainment value, it is OK, if one can put up with the hokiness of the main premise, that of immortality resulting from weather phenomena.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (14):

Lively is a radiant actress, and she's so lovely in her period gowns that it's easy to forgive some of the movie's many shortcomings because of her on-screen presence. Despite her charm and the movie's interesting premise of a woman who doesn't age, the execution is far from magical. First, there's a terribly heavy-handed narrator who tries to make the movie's magical realism elements sound scientific, when they would have been better left unexplained. Plus, there just isn't much of anything happening for most of the movie -- until 70 minutes in, when Jenny finally meets Ellis' parents and discovers his father is a former lover she abandoned. At least the inimitable Ellen Burstyn is on hand to play Adaline's elderly daughter, Flemming, adding much-needed humor to the far-too-serious proceedings.

Besides Flemming, Ford's William is one of the only interesting characters in the story. His relationship with Jenny/Adaline in the present and the past (in the earlier scenes, the character is played by Anthony Ingruber, who even sounds like Ford) is more compelling than the supposedly epic romance between Jenny and Ellis. And that's the main problem with the movie. Ellis and Jenny don't have the kind of swoon-worthy chemistry that the concept requires to make the love story work. And while the costume designer deserves kudos for Adaline's frequent decade-appropriate outfit changes, the script and plot are underwhelming.

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