A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Having integrity and being true to yourself is more important than being popular or successful.
Positive Role Models
Although Ben makes mistakes along the way, he ultimately behaves with integrity and is true to himself.
Violence & Scariness
Ben throws things in his dressing room when he's upset. Ben's dad falls and is taken to the hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses. Ben is shown in a picture with "groupies," which is explained to his daughter as "girls who like to kiss musicians."
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"Damn," "hell," "ass," and "crap." Implied swearing with "son of a ..." and "holy ...".
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Products & Purchases
References to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, American Idol, and Taylor Swift. The show The Song is a reference to shows such as American Idol and The Voice.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Prescription medication. One character drinks a beer; another is shown holding a six-pack. Reference to playing gigs in a bar with drunks.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The One I Wrote for You is a music-filled family drama about a family man taking the chance to fulfill his dreams by competing in a songwriting competition reality show. There's some language ("damn," "hell," "ass," and "crap") and a character drinks a beer and holds a six-pack. There are also a few kisses between a married couple and a conversation where an adult explains to a child that groupies are "girls who like to kiss musicians." There are also a lot of references to popular shows and social media (Twitter, Facebook, American Idol). Parents will appreciate the main message that you don't need to compromise your integrity or change who you are to be successful and follow your dreams. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's schmaltzy, a bit heavy-handed, and very formulaic, but there's just enough heart and decent-enough acting to make this an OK family film. THE ONE I WROTE FOR YOU isn't going to win any awards (for the movie or its music), but it manages to be fairly entertaining even while you're cringing. Some of the faux-pop music is pretty terrible and not very believable, but a few of the tunes aren't half-bad. And parents will love that the reality of reality shows is shown to be more tedious than glamorous.
Music lovers looking for a wholesome family film will probably enjoy the likable characters and positive messages. And young fans of shows like The Voice and American Idol will get a kick out of imagining what it would really be like to compete in a reality show.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.