Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the whole family will find a lot to like in this touching TV movie's messages about love, respect, and family bonds. The movie centers on a happily married couple whose relationship is strengthened by overcoming challenges. Because three of the kids are of different ethnicities, the story incorporates some cultural diversity, including foreign languages and references to ethnic music and traditional games. The emotional subplot surrounding the kids' parents' deaths might be too much for sensitive kids, so use your judgment on your kids' readiness for such a heavy topic. Astute viewers will notice the sponsoring companies' (Walmart and Procter & Gamble) strategically placed products in select scenes, but it feels like a fairly minor quibble in what's otherwise wholesome family entertainment.
Some flirting among teens, and an adult couple cuddles and kisses a lot, but all the content speaks to happy, healthy relationships.
A teen's shirt is bloody after a scuffle with a rival classmate, but the fight isn't shown.
This story's themes include responsibility, respect, and the strong bonds that exist in non-traditional family structures. It deals honestly with emotional issues like the death of a parent, the frustrations of coping with unforeseen challenges, and the social uncertainties of being a teen -- but the overall message is one of hope, empowerment, and the healing power of love.
Sponsor companies' products (Great Value cereal, Orville Redenbacher popcorn, etc.) are visible at times, but the overall effect is mostly subliminal. One exception to the subtlety is a cameo by Walmart-sponsored NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, whose clothes are a walking billboard for the store, as well as P&G brands like Prilosec. Brooke White's music makes up much of the movie's soundtrack, which is available exclusively at Walmart.
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