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Stronger-Kids’ Movie Review

Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his ex girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany) run into each other at a local bar weeks before the Boston Marathon. Erin is raising money for a charity for the marathon while Jeff is  having a good time with his friends at the bar. Jeff wasn’t the most dependable boyfriend. He was immature, and didn’t always show up for Erin when she needed him. However, when Jeff does show up with a homemade sign cheering on his ex as she’s running in the Boston Marathon, his life dramatically changes. Stronger is a true story based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. It highlights the story of Jeff Bauman, a guy who loses his legs when he finally shows up for his true love.






StrongerRating: 2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: September 22, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 15+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive
Will Kids Like It?  Yes




Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • During a sexual encounter we see a woman’s bare back.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • We see the bloody aftermath of the Boston Marathon, showing  victims with gory wounds on the street and in the hospital.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word frequently throughout the film. We also hear  “h–l,” “sh-t,” “a–,”  “b–ch,” and “d–n.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive

  • Characters are shown drinking beer, wine and hard liquor at bars and social events.
  • One character is shown drunk on numerous occasions. We see her passed out a few times from too much drinking.
  • Character’s are shown smoking.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

  • I interviewed some teenage girls who really liked the film but thought it was disturbing.

Overall this is a sad but interesting drama. Parents need to be aware of the disturbing scenes and excessive profane language.

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