A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Be the change you wish to see in the world. One person, even someone seemingly small and unimportant, can make a big difference in the world. Segregation is wrong because things can't be equal if they're separated. Just because things are the same doesn't mean they're equal.
Positive Role Models
Rosalee is a positive model of a smart, shy teen who knows that she deserves access to the best education available, and that she deserves to be treated with respect. Her brother Junior is a good model of a community leader who spends his time and energy on bringing about positive change. Their parents model a loving relationship, and of course they have disagreements, but they're a close-knit family. Lady D is a positive model as a popular Black, female radio DJ. The villain is a White man with a violent temper who thinks segregation is ordained by God.
The mostly Black characters are a wide range of personalities, opinions, body types, and sizes. All characters are unique, distinctive, and most go against stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
A protest shows police beating people with a billy club, shooting at a protester, and a small bullet hole in the victim's head is briefly shown with blood. A man attacks a teen, choking her while lifting her off the ground. Another teen hits the man with a stick in self defense. A woman slaps her husband in the arm. Some verbal bullying and abuse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild romantic dynamics like holding hands, caressing the neck while dancing, a couple of almost-kisses, and a kiss on the cheek.
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One use each of "s--t" and "f--k." A few uses of "colored."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character has an unlit cigarette behind his ear. Another has a cigar in an ashtray on his desk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Through Her Eyes is a drama set in 1960s Alabama and is based on true events at the beginning of school desegregation. Violence includes a police officer shooting at a protester and the bleeding wound in the protester's head, brief images of police beating people with billy clubs, and other fighting. A man attacks a teen and chokes her while lifting her off the ground. An important character dies, so grief and loss are a strong theme. "S--t" and "f--k" are used once each, and Black people are referred to as "colored" a few times. Very mild romantic dynamics shown include a kiss on the cheek. Cigarettes and a cigar are briefly seen, but no one's shown smoking. Lots of positive representations and varying points of view about segregation among the mostly Black characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a thought-provoking, earnest movie with good intentions that unfortunately has too many flaws to make much of an emotional impact on viewers. Through Her Eyes has a weak script, and at only an hour long it's easy to imagine that a lot was edited to shorten the running time. Some of the dialog is stilted, there are confusing gaps in the story, and the way the characters and relationships develop is sometimes hard to follow, making it easy to feel like something important got skipped over.
That being said, most of the acting is solid and many cast members have lots of charisma. Different opinions and points of view within the Black community are well represented, and it's a good opportunity to talk to kids about the history of segregation and integration in the US and the impact it had on real people's lives. Some brief violence and strong language make it best for teens and up.
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