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Secular messages include the importance of living each day to the fullest, making the most of individual gifts, and being grateful for the simple joys of family, parenting, and friendships. Christian messages include accepting of God's plan, having faith and gratitude at even the darkest times, being true to your beliefs, and finding comfort in religious practice.
Positive Role Models
The Feeks are ethical, courageous, unselfish, committed to their family, and exemplary parents. A day-to-day chronicle during extraordinary times depicts their resilience and devotion and their exceptional relationship. The film's portrait of a baby with Down syndrome over her first two years is both remarkable and enlightening.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, as such, but the Feeks deal with some very difficult, emotional, and sad situations, including (spoiler alert!) complications during childbirth and a cancer diagnosis.
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Products & Purchases
Incidental identification of medical facilities/products (i.e., Snoogle, Park & Seed).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Family toasts the New Year.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that To Joey, with Love is a documentary about Joey and Rory Feek. Successful country music singer-songwriters, the Feeks take time off from their busy careers to welcome their first child and spend a year with the baby on the family farm. The movie captures life's many highs and lows and is both happy and sad, comic and tragic. Because the Feek family is devoutly Christian, their faith is an important part of their journey; other themes include gratitude and courage. Be prepared for (possible spoiler alert!) scenes of at-home childbirth (no nudity or depiction of the actual birth), breastfeeding (no exposed breasts), medical procedures, hospice care, and a family in mourning. It's a heartfelt film that tells a sad but compelling story, and it may motivate meaningful family discussion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Tender and beautifully written, directed, and produced, this true-life story is unforgettable. Joey, Rory, and baby Indiana take an emotional journey together in To Joey, with Love, and that journey is fully shared with the film's audience. The couple's country/Christian music is used as the score throughout the film, adding to the emotional impact.
Some of the events in the Feeks' lives have been featured on the TV news, in magazines, and on Rory's popular blog, but this movie, created lovingly by Rory with an expert team of filmmakers at his side, is an exceptionally intimate and rewarding experience. And that's true regardless of your religious leanings. While the movie honors Christian precepts and traditions, it's ultimately an indelibly human story for families with mature kids and teens.
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