The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Charming but a bit disturbing; ok for teens.

PG-13 2005 99 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

Intense Story

This movie deserves more credit than Common Sense Media's review gave it. The mother in the story is living in a very difficult situation, yet never lets her husband's behavior change her to be angry or hateful. She continues to be steadfastly happy and fights to keep her family doing the same. She even tells her daughter that being angry at the father doesn't help anything, only takes away her own joy. The mother narrates the story, helping the viewer to see that she doesn't hate her husband but pities him. The mother is always trying to overlook her husband's temper and draw him back into being part of the family instead of allowing him to distance himself out of his envy and guilt that she is a better provider than he is through her amazing gift of words. This movie had a good message about forgiveness, even in seemingly impossible situations. Since this movie is about an alcoholic, the father is show drinking all the time. There were several incidents were the father is intoxicated and behaves violently, screaming and cursing, once causing the mother to fall and get badly cut on broken milk bottles, which included a lot of blood. I don't recommend this for sensitive viewers, but it was a good movie about a strong mom living through hard times and loving her family no matter what.
not rated for age


its great for teen.

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