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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family members need each other. Don't let fear or resentment cause you to lose time with your loved ones. Talking about your feelings honestly and sharing your experiences can bring you closer and lead toward forgiveness and recovery. Sometimes things don't turn out the way you expect or want them to. If you can't change them, you've just got to accept what is, adapt your plans, and move on.
Positive Role Models
Jack and his daughter, 13-year-old Hanna, aren't good role models at first. They're angry and resentful at each other, and try to hurt each other emotionally. They both inspire empathy, though, as we learn that Jack gets anxiety attacks from a past traumatic event and that Hanna was deeply hurt by his abandonment. As they reconnect and get to know each other, they find common ground and hash out their anger and resentment, modeling communication and compassion.
All characters are White with no variations in skin color, ethnicity, body type, ability, sexuality, or gender identity. There is a range of ages. One person of color onscreen for a few seconds is a taxi driver.
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Violence & Scariness
A fight with punching and choking with no blood or gore. Two adult men menace a teen girl, threatening to take her stuff. There's no sexual implications, but her vulnerability is emphasized by her wearing only underclothes when they cross paths. Flashbacks show a scary wildfire event suffered by a smokejumper involving loss of life.
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"S--t," "bulls--t," "dumbs--t," "goddamn," and "a--hole."
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Products & Purchases
Backcountry beer, Harley Davidson Wide Glide, and Sprint briefly mentioned or shown. Jack's Wide Glide is often onscreen without a visible logo or mention of make or model.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults occasionally drink beer or wine with meals. Brief mention of drinking whiskey. No excess is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Two Yellow Lines is a drama about a man and his 13-year-old daughter getting to know each other again on a motorcycle trip after not seeing each other for four years. The only violence is from two men menacing a young teen who's only wearing underclothes, and a fistfight with punching and choking, but no blood or gore. Strong language includes "s--t" and "a--hole." Adults drink beer and wine in moderation, usually with meals, and drinking whiskey is mentioned. Issues explored include anxiety, recovery from trauma, parental absence, dealing with anger and resentment. Flashbacks show a scary wildfire event suffered by a smokejumper involving loss of life. 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 quiet family drama about the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation is a bit predictable, but the solid acting and thoughtful but always-moving-forward pace keep the viewer engaged. Teens who can handle the language and flashbacks to danger from wildfire will relate to both Hanna's seething resentment of her father and how much she needs him to be a part of her life. They'll also be inspired to empathize with Jack as they learn more about his past.
Like a lot of road movies, you could argue that the real star of Two Yellow Lines is the gorgeous and lovingly photographed scenery, in this case of the Northwestern United States. It makes as strong a case for giving second chances as it does for taking the time to enjoy the back roads and sleeping out in the open air, and ends on a hopeful note.
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