Parents' Guide to

The One I Wrote For You

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sappy, music-filled film has positive message, some cursing.

Movie PG 2014 110 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Great family film

The theme was super. Acting quite good. Music was superb, especially the variety of genre from one writer !! Unfortunately, many songs were cut short in the film. To get the full value of the music, you have to download the dozen songs. I did this and have played the music MANY times. Each song has a msg.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

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