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Positive Role Models
Hildy Good is an aspirational woman in many ways; she demonstrates compassion and truly cares about those in her community. But she also has flaws, including a dependency on alcohol that she smugly refuses to believe she doesn't have under control. A male love interest sets boundaries and treats women with respect.
Female main character in her 60s/70s is financially successful, supporting her entire family, including her ex-husband, who's gay. Characters in their 60s and 70s have full, well-rounded lives, including sexual passion. Characters with autism. Characters with mental illness (anxiety, depression). A few people of color in background/supporting roles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex. A breast is partially exposed from the side in several scenes. Passionate kissing.
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Language includes "damnedest," "jackass," "s--t," and a couple of uses of "f---ing."
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Products & Purchases
A couple of car brands are used to explain a character. Computer brand logo is seen in what may be product placement.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots and lots of drinking. Most of the storyline is about a character's belief that she's in control of her problematic drinking and that everyone who criticizes her is wrong (this is turned around by the end). Driving under the influence. Pot smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Good House is a wry portrait of a woman with an alcohol dependency. Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver) knows from her infamous ancestor -- accused Salem witch Sarah Good -- that "women who don't care what people think of them are hanged in the public square." So when she's accused of having a drinking problem, she hides it from her family and neighbors' prying eyes. While serious, the movie's themes are handled well and delivered with humor, and relatability is likely to be high for those with loved ones who've struggled with drinking. On the other hand, those who are in recovery themselves may want to be careful: Wine and cocktails are filmed with detailed, longing attention. In addition to lots of drinking, there's a scene that includes lighting a joint. Language includes "s--t" and "f---ing" but isn't constant. The film is notable both for telling the story of a mature woman and for showing the fullness of her life beyond her children, including career, romance, and sex (there are a few glimpses of Weaver's exposed breast). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Hildy Good is an excellent example of a woman who's lived a big life and is still haunted by the demons of the past. It's a little about her mistakes, but it's more about carrying the weight of others on her shoulders since childhood. Hildy is the great-great-great, etc., of Sarah Good, one of the first women falsely accused of witchcraft in the United States. As marginalized women with tremendous strength often do, Hildy overcomes generational trauma by rising far, far above it. So when townspeople -- and her own relatives -- accuse her of being bewitched by alcohol, she's prepared with 350 years of lessons on how women can be marginalized by accusations and gossip.
That's the story of The Good House, though the witchcraft element is underused. Don't expect flying on broomsticks or a Witches of Eastwick-type payoff here: This well-made dramedy about the complexities of single, senior womanhood is far more grounded. What it's really about is portraying someone with an alcohol dependency who's in denial. Using wit and a charming main character, filmmakers Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky tackle the complexities of two topics that films tend to avoid: being a single woman in her 60s or 70s and alcohol addiction. And they manage to make it funny and relatable. And the acting? Weaver and Kevin Kline's romantic chemistry carries the ease of actors who've played love interests multiple times. The Good House may not be the film audiences think they're in for, but Weaver is so good in the role that it's impossible not to be enchanted.
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