New Life

Posted on October 27, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Profanity: None
Alcohol/ Drugs: Drinking and drunkenness, drinking to deal with grief and stress
Violence/ Scariness: Very sad deaths
Diversity Issues: None
Date Released to Theaters: October 28, 2016

“New Life” is a bland but sweet, touching story about an attractive couple, kind-hearted, good people who are very much in love, and learn that happily ever after does not always mean what you think.

Ben and Ava meet as children. As they get older (played by Jonathan Patrick Moore and co-screenwriter Erin Bethea), their friendship is tested, and then deepens. They face frustrations and challenges, both external and internal, as they try to pursue their careers but keep their relationship precious. Ava’s best friend becomes pregnant but the father is not in her life. Ava wants to become pregnant but it does not happen right away.

Moore and Bethea have a charming chemistry that makes up for the corniness of the “Love Story”-ish screenplay.

Parents should know that this movie includes some very sad losses, including illness, and accidents.

Family discussion: Was Ben right about his professional obligations? What is the best way to comfort someone who is grieving?

If you like this, try: “The Redemption of Henry Myers”

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