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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Amy (who's based on a real person) is brave, compassionate, and displays integrity. As the sole provider for her two girls, life can be tough, but she's got grit and doesn't complain. She puts others' needs first on a daily basis, even when it's easier and safer for her to just look out for herself.
Female-driven story. A Black detective is portrayed positively. The police chief is also Black.
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Violence & Scariness
A character in poor health realizes that she and others are in grave danger and is clearly distressed as she puts herself at risk to save them. Patients in the ICU include someone whose skin is peeling off and a banged-up crash survivor. Murder "weapon" is not visually violent, but the idea of a health care professional preying on the sick and vulnerable at a hospital may create unnecessary fear and distrust. Sharp tones and raised voices.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity in a clinical context: A patient's breasts are exposed in a long scene.
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Strong language includes "crap," "hell," "s--t," "screw that," and more than one use of "f--k." Exclamations include "oh my God!" and "Jesus!"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Patients are overdosed in a medical facility.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Good Nurse is the true story of how nurse Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain) courageously brought down a hospital serial killer (Eddie Redmayne). Amy's got grit: She's a single mom who doesn't complain -- she just does what she needs to do to care for her two girls, herself, and her patients. There's limited iffy content (though ICU patients include someone whose skin is peeling off and a banged-up crash survivor), but the story will appeal more to adults than to teens or kids. And while there's no on-camera violence, it's scary to think about a caregiver ending the lives of vulnerable, trusting patients. After a woman dies in a hospital, her body is prepped for the next stage, and her breasts are exposed for a long time. Strong language includes "s--t," "f--k," "oh my God," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In the true crime era, this drama earns points for telling the story of a serial killer from the point of view of the friend who stopped him. With excellent performances by Chastain and Redmayne (guided by the real-life Amy, who actively consulted behind the scenes), viewers will be shaken: Can a serial killer be compassionate, caring, and unsympathetically murderous? And if you realized your best friend was a killer, would you have the courage to go to the police and participate in their arrest? This is a profile in courage, and Amy is a true role model, showing strength, resilience, tenacity, and deep-rooted integrity.
At one point, Charlie covers a patient who's died and mentions giving her dignity. The same could be said for how director Tobias Lindholm handles the movie's murders, avoiding victim exploitation. Since the story is told from the point of view of Amy and the detectives investigating an unexpected death of a hospital patient, we're watching an unfolding mystery, rather than an American Psycho-type killing spree. Lindholm chooses to present the story as something that could happen to anyone. But the sober camera filter, combined with Lindholm's steady approach and avoidance of instigating false fear, means the story is told with a sophistication that's more likely to appeal to adults than teens.
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