A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie has strong positive take-aways, including: A loving bond once formed between a father and son can surmount even the most difficult situations. Open-mindedness leads to acceptance -- or at least understanding -- of others' values. And when dealing with a devastating illness or condition, it's worthwhile to explore new and innovative treatments.
Positive Role Models
A well-intentioned father who has been shown as headstrong, rigid, and controlling makes a concerted effort to see his son's point of view and serves as an example to other parents. Health care professionals are portrayed as diligent, open-minded, and caring.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A guarded reference to a first sexual experience; some warm embraces.
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Infrequent cursing includes one use each of "a--hole," "oh s--t," "go to hell," and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
A commercial for Coca-Cola is used as a story point, when the brain-damaged young man remembers the slogan. Several 1960s record labels are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple of references to being "stoned" and possible past drug use. In flashbacks to 1960s, characters -- including teens -- are seen smoking. A couple drinks wine with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that even though this drama about the difficult relationship between a father who still carries anger from the past and a son who suffers from a debilitating neurological condition is rated PG, it's more likely to interest mature teens and adults than younger kids. That said, there's not too much iffy stuff to worry about: sparing use of a few swear words ("a--hole," "s--t," "damn"), a guarded reference to a first sexual experience, some flirting and embracing, etc. There are references to being "stoned" and possible drug use, but nothing is shown. In scenes that flash back to the 1960s, there's some cigarette smoking, teens included. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Solid performances and the driving music of iconic '60s artists help this earnest film overcome a clearly modest budget and some cliche-ridden situations. It's based on a true story from an essay by Oliver Sacks, the renowned neurologist responsible for the events portrayed in Awakenings, another film about breakthroughs in the world of brain disease and injury. It's not perfect, but THE MUSIC NEVER STOPS is a heartfelt and admirable drama.
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