Surprisingly good !
This movie is infinitely better than what the official Common Sense Media review suggests. The bad language is very sporadic and brief, and in most cases is reprimanded by characters in the film. This movie does not glorify the use of profanity/vulgarity as do too many films today, nor does it use it for laughs but instead highlights a flaw in one of the adult characters which is shown to be unliked by the precocious child characters.
And, yes, a dying child character is kissed on the lips by a friend of the mother. Unlike the reviews which I read seemed to suggest, there are no sexual connotations that I could pick up on, especially taking into consideration the context of the kiss and the two characters involved. I've seen criticism by some of even mothers kissing their own children on the lips, and I think it is over sensitivity, or perhaps a cultural misunderstanding in many cases.
The story itself is delightful and encompasses themes and important messages on many levels. The importance of acting in the best interest of others vs. self preservation and apathy is explored.
The movie also explores the emotional conflict which ensues when one tries to solve a serious and grave situation of moral failure with another moral failure. Is morality objectively right or wrong? Who is a better judge on what is right or wrong, a child or an adult?
The film also touches on mental health issues with regard to grief, and a mother who struggles with maturity and being able to think for herself that is exacerbated by her two precocious sons.
Don't let the bad review deter you from watching this creatively and lovingly crafted movie as I almost did. As the credits rolled at the end, I began to seriously wonder whether I had watched a different version of the movie than the Common Sense Media reviewer!