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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amati girls aren't exactly career girls; those who seek independent jobs (in each case in the arts) rather than settling down to marriage are considered eccentric.
Violence & Scariness
After an unexpected family death, one grief-stricken character desecrates a Catholic shrine. One Amati sister, suffering some vague neurological disorder, becomes unmanageable in times of stress.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two young people fondle each other's chests on a first date.
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Infrequent mild religiously-themed profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will have to adapt to this movie's unhurried, non-MTV pace and style to enjoy the drama's homage to large, loving families. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Television is the place you'd most expect to find this type of reassuring, homey comedy-drama. Optimists would call it a good sign that this feature found a wide theatrical release, even with its untrendy PG rating. Too bad the movie isn't as worthwhile as its cast of familiar faces. Fine actors can only do so much with the weak dialogue and contrived colorful characters, as the plot takes twists and turns that are shamelessly manipulative. There are good intentions at work, as writer-director Anne de Salvo inserts a statement of purpose into the script when one sister complains, "Every Italian in the movies is either a gangster or a guy with tattoos or a guy delivering pizza!"
Thus, this non-violent ensemble brings viewers the loving, churchgoing but earthy Amatis as a friendly alternative to the corrupt, amoral Capones, Sopranos, and Corleones fighting endless mob wars. That's all fine, but one viewer complained that this movie's depiction of sauce-making mamma mias is no less of a stereotype than Little Italy hoods making Offers You Cannot Refuse.
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