In this charming contemporary musical, a street musician in Dublin strikes up a friendship with a migrant street hawker, and the duo ends up composing and recording a series of songs over the course of a week that mirrors their burgeoning romance.
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- John Carney
- 2008 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Foreign Film
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color. Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; making-of featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Once is an endearing indie romance. Although there's a fair amount of swearing -- particularly "f--k" -- hardly anything else would raise a flag for teens and up. In fact, it's one of the few love stories that doesn't require its leads to get naked or fall in bed together. A thief does try to make off with the musician's street earnings, and there's some bitter talk of past breakups, plenty of beer drinking, and flirtation between a married woman and a single man (even though both know she's still married). But the positive messages about love and emotional connection outweigh any iffiness.
- Sexual Content
- A man propositions a woman, but indirectly and awkwardly. One mention of "hanky panky," but in a jovial, respectful manner. Sexual tension, but the focus is on the couple's burgeoning emotional attachment, not what would happen if they got naked.
- No overt violence, but some potentially upsetting scenes related to poverty -- families shoehorned into very small apartments, for instance.
- Lots of swearing, usually involving "f--k" -- as in "for f--k's sake" and "f--king brilliant."
- Social Behavior
- Lots of emphasis is placed on pursuing your dreams, and the couple is very supportive of each other's wants and needs.
- Very little, though the street musician sings in front of a CD store with the name fully displayed.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some smoking in pubs; lots of drinking in social situations.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it