Parents' Guide to

The Way

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Touching movie filled with mature themes, grief, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2011 121 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

I dont really know

I saw this movie when I was 6, 7 or 8 with my grandma. I found it weird, and didn’t understand some things, while others I found sad. I would watch it without your kids, probably after they go to sleep. But, it’s not like they can’t watch it. I would watch it before your kids and decide how you feel about it. It really depends on the kid. I didn’t put too much swearing because I don’t remember any swearing, but I don’t know if I knew which words were bead then.

Is It Any Good?

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This touching film is marked by heartfelt performances from Sheen and a stellar cast. This, along with an inventive, sentiment-free story and the unforgettable beauty of the Way of St. James and the villages and countryside it passes, results in a profoundly affecting experience. Estevez has written and directed a film that feels natural, unforced, and authentic; he takes his time, with lots of it spent on character and the unhurried maturation of its leading man. But The Way is never preachy or slow.

Attention is paid to some of the sacred artifacts and churches along the road, but the movie is more inspiring than religious. Overall, The Way is an engaging film for parents and thoughtful teens that may encourage meaningful discussion.

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