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Parents' Guide to

Then Came You

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Saucy senior romcom is cute; sexual humor, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2020 97 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Not What I Expected

I watched this movie with a female friend. We had heard Kathy Lee Gifford promote this movie. The story of this woman who travels to Europe leads up to Kathy Lee’s character having sex when a msn she met about a week earlier. My friend and I were surprised by the pre-marital sex and vulgar language from a actress, who frequently refers to herself as being a Christian. After I saw this movie, Kathy Lee Giffird was on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s weekend show on TBN. I knew by what Huckabbe innocently said about this movie, that he had not watched it. Very sad.
age 18+

Surprised by Content

Considering that this movie was written by a professed Christian, one I have admired for many years, I was surprised to hear the sexual innuendo, the F word used by Kathy Lee Gifford and that she sleeps with the widower when they are not married.. That is hardly an example to set for kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (8 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Get these two a TV show: The former morning show personality and former late night host make such an adorable, funny team on film that they leave you wanting more. Gifford wrote the screenplay for Then Came You, and it feels like Ferguson likely did quite a bit of improv. As a result, both stars glow in their roles. There's nothing new here: The film kicks off with a voiceover of the emails the two sent to each other as strangers, and when they meet, they clash like "a cat and a dog," as they say repeatedly. And of course, you know they're totally going to fall in love. While the movie follows all the usual beats of a romantic comedy, and you can never wholly accept Gifford and Ferguson as their fictional personas, it's still entertaining.

The question is, will teens be keen on a film about a sexy grandma? Gifford is constantly revealing bits of skin: crying in a sweater that's -- whoops! -- slipped off the shoulder, singing an entire song (that she wrote) in a bubble bath, and displaying her age-defying gams at every turn. It's kind of fantastic: Women of her age are rarely portrayed in this manner in mainstream media. And this tale may just work for teens because the older characters' romance is balanced with immature humor -- jokes that are funny because they seem outrageous but aren't technically over the line. Plus, Annabelle and Howard may not be the only ones who fall in love: It will be tough not to be enchanted by the gorgeous Scottish countryside -- and, whoa, that castle! "Awd's Inn," better known as Ardkinglas House in Argyll, Scotland, is definitely old and falling apart, but dang, she'll take your breath away. Maybe the film's greater message is even if we don't technically get better with age, the years don't diminish our shine.

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