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Who Is Simon Miller?

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Action-packed drama has positive messages for families.

Movie NR 2011 85 minutes
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WalMart and Procter and Gamble's successful partnership brings another engaging, family-friendly movie to the table in WHO IS SIMON MILLER. It blends action and adventure with character drama that will speak to families caught up in today's fast-paced lifestyle. At their most basic, the Millers' troubles are relatable to many families: physical and emotional distance, tenuous trust, and a lack of fulfillment at home. While the characters must go to the gargantuan lengths of transcontinental travel and thwarting an evil covert ops plot to reconnect with each other, it's easy to find some aspects of the story that you can relate to your family's own situation -- and benefit from its hopeful messages.

The movie packs a lot of content into its two hours, which sometimes interferes with the story's fluidity, but kids aren't likely to notice this, and it doesn't get in the way of communicating themes of trust, forgiveness, and family bonds. It's important to consider your kids' tolerance for violence, since action scenes feature gun use and fistfights, and all of the characters (including the teens) are put in perilous situations that threaten their lives. Youngsters may need some extra reassuring about the characters' safety, but this same action is bound to keep older kids and tweens more interested in the movie, which bodes well for family discussions about its positive themes.

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