A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The story centers on a misunderstanding that leads two adults to lie about their relationship to further their careers. Their actions manipulate those around them -- and draw kids into the fold of dishonesty -- but they do realize that what they’re doing is wrong and wrestle with the effect it will have on those they care about, and they finally own up to the deception and face the consequences. The movie’s themes of family bonds, open communication, and the value of hard work are great for families.
Positive Role Models
Although they're not perfect, all of the characters show a willingness to work hard for what they want (a rewarding job, a strong marriage, etc.) and demonstrate that honesty is always the best policy.
Violence & Scariness
Men shoot rifles for target practice, and in one scene, their noise is used to summon people to a meeting point on a ranch.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two relationships develop over the course of the story. Teens flirt and cuddle at times, and adults’ interactions include some kissing. At one point, a teen refers to girls as "babes."
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Products & Purchases
The movie is a joint endeavor from WalMart and Procter and Gamble, and there are a handful of instances of conspicuous product placements.The brand names aren’t intrusive, but astute viewers will notice some Procter & Gamble products like Dawn, as well as Pepsi, M & Ms, and Chick Fil-A. Guest star Danny Gokey also provides some of the movie’s music, which will be available on his album, and NFL great Kurt Warner gets in a plug for his foundation, First Things First.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this feel-good movie’s adherence to positive themes like honesty, communication, personal responsibility, and family unity makes it a great choice for families. The main characters deceive those around them for personal gain, but their uneasiness with their actions illustrates how detrimental dishonesty can be on relationships of all kinds. There are plenty of good role models to be found here, and their ability to work through their troubles (marital woes, the recent loss of a family member, etc.) has good messages for all ages. Since most of the movie’s humor relates to Mark and Annie’s efforts to keep up the ruse of their relationship, some laughs will go over young kids’ heads, but if you can get your tweens and teens to watch with you, it’s a good starting point for conversations about issues that face your own family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
TRUTH BE TOLD is the fifth installment in Procter & Gamble’s Family Movie Night ensemble, and it's a likeable story with a positive message. It fits right in with its predecessors in terms of its strict adherence to positive family values like strength of character, open communication, and honesty. Although Mark and Annie spend the majority of their time maintaining the charade of a nonexistent marriage (and asking the kids to do the same), they don’t take lightly the consequences of their deception on those around them, let alone themselves. Their actions aren’t worthy of praise, to be sure, but the story’s overall message about honesty certainly is.
The story’s subplots are full of good vibes as well, celebrating the strength of family bonds of all kinds. Throughout the movie, relationships are strengthened within a struggling marriage, between lonely adults, and among family members who have suffered a great loss, all of which is made possible by the characters’ willingness to talk about and work through their problems.
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