A Black girl sits next to her mom and dad on a couch, all smiling. She is pointing at a smartphone that they are looking at together.

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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Coming-of-age family drama has mature themes, cursing.

Movie PG-13 2003 86 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+
There is a bit of swearing but it is only about 4 times in the movie. Very good movie lots of good messages. His dad is smoking and someone lets the boy drink alcohol and that is a no-no
age 13+

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This is a heartwarming story about a little boy who wants dearly to have 2 parents. It takes place somewhere in South America, presumably in Argentina, in the 70s.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The filmmakers create a world from a boy's point of view convincingly, but the narrator's 8-year-old voice is jarringly mismatched with the sophistication of the boy's insights and observations. Valentin presents a young boy who is self-aware enough to remark on feeling good even after disaster has recently struck. And not many 8-year-olds would observe that "a crisis always brings family together." Noya gives an impressive performance as the precocious child, but the movie isn't meant for kids, given its language and mature themes.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 6, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: January 6, 2012
  • Cast: Rodrigo Noya , Carmen Maura , Julieta Cardinali
  • Director: Alejandro Agresti
  • Inclusion Information: Latino directors, Latino actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 86 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: for some thematic elements and language
  • Last updated: April 8, 2023

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