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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's intent is to entertain rather than to educate, but there are plenty of feel-good messages about family bonds, trust, and love.
Viewers see a family cope with issues like time constraints and career pressures, which impact their relationships with each other and create tension. A father's devotion to his job requires that he deceive his family, but themes of forgiveness, trust, understanding, and hope are the movie's overriding messages. Some characters' motivations are questionable, and loyalties shift during the course of the story.
Positive Role Models
A father's efforts to maintain a normal life while protecting his family from the dangers of his job illustrate his selfless love for them, which is reflected in their willingness to put themselves in danger to save him. All of the family members must overcome their fears and tap into their unique talents to reunite with their loved ones.
Violence & Scariness
Many scenes involve gun use (mostly by the villains, but in some cases by the heroes), fistfights, forceful abductions, and verbal threats to people's lives, but no one suffers ill effects beyond a bruise or two. Suspense and peril make for some heart-pounding moments, and danger lurks throughout most of the movie.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief flirting among teens, and some physical affection (hugs, a kiss) between adults.
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Products & Purchases
Product placement is kept to a minimum and is only briefly visible on household items (produced by Procter and Gamble and sold at WalMart) like Orville Redenbacher popcorn, Sierra Mist soda, and an Xbox.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man is drugged and abducted in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this seventh installment in WalMart and Procter and Gamble's Family Movie Night franchise offers feel-good messages about family bonds, trust, honesty, and forgiveness. Those who have tuned into previous Family Movie Night selections might be surprised at this film's action sequences, which include gunfire, abductions, a drugging (for the purpose of abduction), and verbal threats to characters' lives, but the suspense is usually short-lived and only rarely results in minor injuries. The movie's fast pace and spy plot might confuse young kids, and they'll probably need some reassurances of a happy ending, but the action sequences will keep older viewers on the edge of their seats. Expect a few strategic placements of brands like Sierra Mist and Orville Redenbacher, though they don't interfere with the movie or its positive messages for families. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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