A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Siblings argue over how to handle their mother's imminent death; eventually, everyone comes together. Cast is uniformly white except for a single African-American character, who's a nurse.
Violence & Scariness
Dying mother's body is ravaged by cancer, so she's visibly weaker, pale, and sad.
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Profanity includes several uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "damn," and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Keith smokes a joint; multiple refrences to drugs used to treat Anita (morphine, Percodan, Dilaudid); drinking and various toasts (wine and some liquor).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most teens probably won't be interested in this indie drama about adult siblings brought together by their dying mother. Her death leads to some sad scenes, and she appears increasingly pained and sick (at one point, unable to eat, she sits down to dinner with her family, chews spare ribs, and spits out the food -- then her kids follow suit to make her feel better). Tense scenes among the siblings show their jealousies and resentments. Characters discuss painkilling drugs, and one son smokes a joint. Language includes several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and "damn." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
TWO WEEKS is a very compressed, very predictable tearjerker of the sort that will eventually air on Lifetime. The family gains brief respite in the form of a hospice nurse, Carol (low-key Michael Hyatt). The fact that hers is the single black face on screen only underscores the movie's devotion to clichés (Carol stands in as the wise outsider who helps the white folks learn about themselves).
Two Weeks mixes some awkward comedy with its sadness (Barry cleaning up vomit takes the form of a cutesy, music-accompanied montage), and Keith's videotape of an interview with his mother when she was healthier is intercut with the main narrative to provide a modicum of emotional context. Naturally, Anita shows inevitable wisdom in understanding the tape's real subject -- her self-involved, beautiful son, who needs to grow up.
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