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So sweet and heartwarming, yet with a devastating subject matter. A film about a family healing and coming together after a tragedy splinters their relationships. Kieth Kupferer’s incredibly grounded performance keeps the film out of potentially schmaltzy territory. It’s an exceptional portrait of the average Joe, and makes us love him for trying even when he struggles to access his emotions. Although I felt it was a bit drawn out towards the end, this story really worked its magic on me and brought me to tears a few times
Oh man, this one really got me towards the end. Try not to cry challenge…
It’s definitely young-adulty with many “life lessons” along the way, which may not be everyone’s preferred way of digesting meaning. But I really didn’t mind that it wore its heart on its sleeve, and I can appreciate when a film is made for a specific audience in mind. Especially knowing this is going to be very impactful for many people. And I like my life…
Boy am I mixed on this one.
The writers seem very confused about what to do with the character of Mollie. She comes across as astute in some scenes and naive in others. But with no palpable love between her and Ernest, there's no justification for her grace. It’s clear she was a secondary thought in the telling of this story and I don’t see why you couldn’t have re-written her to be more than a helpless withering flower, as…
This was fine. I'm glad a film shines a light on this topic, and I hope it sparks legislation to protect victims of such crimes and crack down on the perpetrators.
Unfortunately the film is overdramatized and averse to nuance. Child trafficking is not just stealing screaming children. It's more often manipulating and exploiting teenagers in a grooming process, often by a person close to you, which isn't depicted here because the audience... wouldn't be sophisticated enough to understand that…