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The Wait

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Couples struggle with fertility and faith; mature themes.

Movie NR 2023 121 minutes
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The Wait is a movie with its heart in the right place, but almost everything else about it is in the wrong place. Watching people agonize about infertility without telling us the cause of infertility, the possible treatments for the problem, and, most important, the timetable for possible relief, robs the story of any dramatic tension. Instead, faithfully "waiting" for God to step in is the supposed cure for all ills. The movie requires that the audience also waits for something to happen, for a miracle of action that might inject some life into this ill-conceived, badly-made story. So even though the women are all sympathetic, we just watch and think, why are they just sitting there? Why don't they get a diagnosis, why don't they have treatments, and why aren't they actively trying to get pregnant or otherwise trying to have a child?

The fact that these questions arise but aren't answered until nearly 90 minutes in exemplifies the ineptitude of the director and writer. The script labors to connect to the waiting women a muddy subplot about a desperate jobless university graduate. When he finally gets a job, we are supposed to understand that the act of waiting for God to act paid off for him, too.

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