The Bouquet



Family drama about loss has heavy themes.
  • Review Date: August 20, 2013
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The Bouquet offers some exposure to the marketing, strategizing, and challenges of planning and running a small business, in this case, a florist shop.

Positive messages

The Bouquet offers positive messages about spending time with family, not quitting, and working through your differences for a greater good.

Positive role models

Characters are somewhat simplistic -- the devoted wife, the busy executive -- but their concerns, conflicts, and values are realistically portrayed.

Violence & scariness

A man dies of a heart attack. A tree collapses on a woman during a thunderstorm, and she is shown with blood on her face.

Sexy stuff

A few scenes feature a man and woman kissing.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Bouquet involves the loss of a parent and the grieving process for adult children and a remaining spouse. That aside, it explores important themes about family dynamics, working together, and appreciating the way individual differences strengthen a team.

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What's the story?

Busy executive Terri (Kristy Swanson) and her estranged sister Mandy are too busy to visit their aging parents. But when their dad dies suddenly, they discover that he left behind not just an ailing floral business, but also a wife lacking in business savvy. Will they be able to put aside their differences to help save the family business, or will old grudges drive a permanent wedge?

Is it any good?


Although THE BOUQUET is family friendly, its exploration of the heavier themes -- death, loss, grieving, sibling rivalry, and unmet goals -- don't exactly make for breezy entertainment.

It's tough to imagine young kids finding much to sustain them here, but for families dealing with loss, this could offer a healthy way to process those feelings or explore how loss brings familial fractures to light.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about not giving up. Have you ever been faced with a challenge that felt insurmountable? How did you tackle it? What was the outcome?

  • Have you ever had to put aside your differences to be part of a team? What happened?

  • It's difficult to stay in touch as kids get older. Does your extended family keep in touch? How often do you get together? How can families stay close when they are so often geographically scattered?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 5, 2013
Cast:Billy Mitchell, Danny Glover, Kristy Swanson
Director:Anne Wheeler
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Brothers and sisters
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 5, 9, and 10 year old Written byGuineaPigster November 11, 2013

Lovely Family Movie

This was a great movie! The tree-falling part was a little scary for the 5 year old in my life, but otherwise this movie was perfect! It communicated great values, such as perseverance and love. None of the outfits were sexualized, which was a major bonus. Overall I'd recommend this movie for anyone over 6, and perhaps if your child is sensitive or under 8, they'd like a parent to watch it with.
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