Parents' Guide to

The Bachelors

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Touching father-son story of grief and love.

Movie NR 2017 108 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

A failed attempt

This could have been a terrific film. The actors are good and the grief story, although not original, offered many angles to build an engaging drama. A poor script did not allow for anything else than shallow characters and a mediocre drama with some good moments in the relationship of father and son. In a film that seems to try to convey solid values in human relationships, it seems inappropriate that the lovely and lonely French teacher (Julie Delpy) would strip and force herself in her first date with a grieving colleague with whom she's wishing to establish a meaningful romantic bond. Although no sex scene is shown it is a shame that instead of heart-to-heart conversations the director decides to shortcut things moving the protagonists straight to bed as if this would be a rather banal event. Josh Wiggins as the son steals the show. Be warned that there are some scenes of self-harm with a razor blade. I watched the film with my 12-year old son and he had to cover his face. The film appears on CS website rated as 13+, but it's 15 in the UK, which appears to be more appropriate. Not a film for tweens!

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

While this tale could easily have tumbled over the edge in any direction, writer/director Kurt Voelker presents it as a balanced, nuanced, and gentle family story that becomes genuinely touching. The Bachelors could have been overly goopy or maudlin, dealing as it does with the death of a loved one, but it's brave enough to face grief in a real way. And the characters might have been one-dimensional, defined by their loss and presented as helpless, but they're not. They have realistic strengths and weaknesses.

The movie could also have been cutesy, with little musical montages and attempts at quirkiness, but even its motif of the car with the reverse-facing passenger seat seems to flow right along with the story. Credit must be given to the excellent cast, especially Simmons and Delpy, who soften the edges they've shown in other movies and play up appealing vulnerabilities. Wiggins and Rush are likewise very good, playing something close to human beings, rather than a movie's idea of "teenagers."

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