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Parents' Guide to

The Road to Galena

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Meandering drama about adulthood has language, suicide.

Movie R 2022 110 minutes
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This drama has a good story at its core, but it gets to the point too late. It has a nearly two-hour runtime, and, within those two hours, plot points go by very slowly. Perhaps if it had been a TV series like Parenthood or This Is Us, the pacing would make more sense, since the moments in Cole's life are set up similar to TV episodic beats.

The Road to Galena might also have been more enjoyable had it been more tightly written. That said, the film does have a positive message about following your heart, regardless of what friends and family who don't understand your vision might have to say. It just would have been nicer if the story was told in an hour and 30 minutes or less, instead of nearly two hours.

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