Fun + rich story - perfect date movie AND family with big kids!
This is a GREAT family movie. We took my youngest & his friend, 4th gr boys, and afterward, talked about it for an hour. This, despite their initial reaction, that it was 'pretty good, but not great.' The boys said parts were slow, and in our opinion, that is a good thing. It created space for them to THINK about the characters and the story, something they are clearly not used to doing! When we asked what they enjoyed, they couldn't stop relating scenes, one after another after another. We asked a few questions along the lines of the ones CSM suggests, and have continued to talk about this movie for 2 days. It is rich. A simple question about the title kept our 10 yr old, and his 11 year old brother who has yet to see the movie but has now heard most of it, jabbering through an entire long restaurant meal! My husband & I like to think the strong, quiet hero-mother character is a nod to Ben's own. The few profanities weren't too obscene, we know the boys have heard it all in films like The Avengers, anyway. Most of the dating innuendo went right over their heads, but as adults, we loved that it was respectful and honest. Plus, the digs at the (lack of) importance of social media were a bonus. Bravo!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much swearing