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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family and honesty are more important than success, wealth, or any other modern, materialistic trappings.
Positive Role Models
Jed makes mistakes, some of them huge, but in the end he realizes the error of his ways and seeks redemption.
Violence & Scariness
Couples argue intensely. After one especially bad fight, the man starts breaking the windows in a half-finished structure. A spurned woman starts to attack a man; they're dragged apart by friends. A woman slaps a man after he says hurtful things.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A husband argues with his wife about their sex life. Several scenes feature heated discussions about what they each crave in an intimate relationship. He later has an affair with a woman who pursued him aggressively.
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Very little swearing, but one person says "s--t," and another character calls a woman a "whore."
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Products & Purchases
Some people have iPhones.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes show people drinking heavily at bars and at parties and getting pretty drunk. Characters also use pills. One man makes some spectacularly bad choices while under the influence. Several characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Song is a faith-based drama about a successful musician with a loving wife and child at home who finds himself tempted by another woman while on a months-long tour. Both his marriage and his faith are tested. There's a good deal of drinking, and some characters pop pills, often facilitating poor choices. There's a little bit of language (including "s--t" and "whore"), some characters smoke cigarettes, and a married couple has some intense arguments, about honesty, fidelity, and sex -- themes that may not particularly resonate with younger viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Faulkner's acting is probably the brightest spot in this somewhat dull film. When April's life falls to pieces, Faulkner comes alive, serving up her character's pain with raw emotion. If only the film's script were as strong, without going over the top. But unfortunately it does -- go over the top, that is -- from lighting to dialogue to plot to the far-too-dramatic voice-over. The blonde Faulkner is constantly bathed in a white light, as if her role as the faithful wife and woman wasn't clue enough. Meanwhile, her husband's temptress is a brunette who's dressed mostly in black and rendered in shadowed lighting. Shelby also drinks, wears skimpy clothing, and does every stereotypically "bad" thing you'd expect; she's practically a pencil-drawing caricature. And then there's Jed, who, as he slides deeper into his misery, grows a beard beyond recognition because, yes, he's hiding something (surprise -- the facial hair disappears once things start to look up).
Movies about faith -- and their audiences -- deserve more than broad-strokes tales like this one. THE SONG seems like it has potential, but it winds up dogmatic and predictable. Both evil and good are presented cartoonishly. And though the music's catchy and compelling (and Powell and Nicol-Thomas have beautiful voices), they're not entirely memorable. Not even the titular song.
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