Parents' Guide to

The Leisure Seeker

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Strong performances in otherwise meandering movie.

Movie R 2018 112 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Real Grandparents

Real elderly folks deal with impending medical issues. Disconnected, greedy children complicate their lives. An altruistic plot ensues with a realistic ending.

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Great messages
age 18+
Although it has a small amount of humor, it has no moral character. I would not recommend seeing this movie. Too much Hollywood, same old junk. Several other good movies have come out that are much better, and not so hopelessly lost. Bad language unbecoming a decent person.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This soft, languid road movie benefits from accomplished actors Mirren and Sutherland; they share a genuine chemistry, but despite some lovely moments, the film meanders and becomes lost. The Leisure Seeker is structured in little segments, one largely disconnected from the next, and when it stays light and hopeful, these work. But when they become focused on John's dementia, things take a melancholy turn that's inescapable and hopeless. And even some of the lighter scenes -- such as the attempted mugging -- fail to work because they're too light; they don't feel like life.

The roles of Ella and John's children, played ably by Moloney and McKay, don't quite fit anywhere, either. They mostly talk about their parents and argue about their care, but the movie doesn't really address much beyond that. The wonderful moments show the older couple's bond at its strongest -- when they're almost able to understand each other's thoughts or how to work each other's moods. But even these tend to feel upturned by the movie's mournful ending. Yet the characters are in place; if only The Leisure Seeker could have been a more truthful movie ... and a shorter one.

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