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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Forgiveness is the key to moving on.
Positive Role Models
Ruby and Walt are patient, loving people.
Violence & Scariness
A soldier is killed in battle, but not graphically. An old woman dies in her sleep. A woman falls and hits her head but recovers. Kids are abandoned by their mother but cared for by grandparents. Kids vandalize a front yard with toilet paper, fight, and throw dirt in someone's eye.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A child believes a character is two-timing his wife. An old married man and wife kiss and dance.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that When We Last Spoke is a nostalgic American family drama that spans decades, touches on Europe of the early 20th century, the Vietnam War, rural vs. urban life, death, grief, and growing up without parents. The characters are winning enough to draw in both kids and grownups, offering the uplifting message that in challenging times it's good to forgive and do one's best. Adultery is mentioned. A mother abandons her children. Language includes "hell." Kids vandalize a front yard with toilet paper, fight, and throw dirt in someone's eye. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Melissa Gilbert and Corbin Bernsen give warm, flawless performances that together stand When We Last Spoke on its admirably sturdy spine. The soundtrack tours 50 or so years of pop and other music, a score purposed to engender an audience's appreciation for times that may seem simpler but probably weren't. The movie isn't without its faults. A few scenes drag on a bit. It's hard to believe two little kids could, or would, take over a radio show without a hitch. And Evangeline's central complaint seems somewhat overblown and underexplained once it's revealed. But the overarching sentiments expressed and virtues recommended here -- the importance of love, forgiveness, and patience -- far outweigh the failings. As in another flawed but involving drama, Terms of Endearment, tears will be jerked, so have your hankies ready.
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