MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1

Set in Tucson in the 1950s, this coming-of-age drama tells the story of Eddie Haley (Max Madore) who at a young age loses his parents in a plane crash and is left in the care of his Uncle Frank (Stanley Tucci). Eddies uncle is unable to care for him as a result of extensive business travel, so Eddie is raised by his uncles ranch hand (Ruben Blades) and his wife (Dana Delany). Years pass, and when Eddie (Ryan Merriman) is 17, he is bitter over his uncles not wanting him and feels that his foster parents were forced into raising him. His uncle reappears and offers him the chance to learn how to fly an old plane his father left him. Doing so enables him to rekindle the relationship between them and helps Eddie with his life struggles. Eddie tries to figure out some unanswered questions about his parents death while developing a romantic relationship with Francesca (Paula Garces) who has some difficult problems of her own.

This film portrays the emotional struggle children have when they lose parents at a young age. In his frustration and pain, Eddie lashes out at those who love him. Turning inward and only seeing his own pain, Eddie fails to see the pain of those who are close to him. The love of his foster parents goes unnoticed, but they are there for him when he needs them most. Eddie begins to fall for a young girl who is abused by her father. One night after being badly beaten and raped by her father, she disappears. Eddie goes looking for her without telling anyone where he has gone, putting himself and others in danger. Love, time and patience are shown to be able to overcome many of lifes mistakes. This is a thought-provoking film and offers some good opportunities for discussion. There are several unfortunate instances of bad language that prevent this film from being on Previews recommended list. Apart from the strong language and the rape theme, this is a family film.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
Turtles Crossing/Innovation Film Group

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Once strong (-ss 1)

Obscene Language: Several (6) times strong (s-word 6)

Profanity: Few (3) times moderate (MG 1, G 1); strong (GD 1)

Violence: Few times mild (fight in locker room)

Sex: Few times mild (a couple makes out and begins to disrobe but then stops); moderate (implied rape of girl by her father when he makes a pass at her, and then sounds of breaking glass and screaming are heard)

Nudity: Few times mild (boys seen in locker room with towels on)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times mild (cigarette smoking)

Other: Appropriate use of Gods name in Thank God

Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Adult and Older Teenagers

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