As the mother of five kids I’m ALWAYS looking for something we can watch together as a family. It has to 1. hold the interest of the grown ups and 2. be clean enough to sit and watch with the kids sitting with us. You’d think with only those two criteria it would be easy-peasy but unfortunately that’s not always the case. So when I was offered the opportunity to review When We Last Spoke I was hopeful. This post is a paid review of the movie which doesn’t impact my opinion, but allowed me to preview it for you. 🙂
When I found out one of my favorite actresses, Melissa Gilbert (yes – the Little House on the Prairie Melissa Gilbert), was in it I was even more excited.
The promotional description says, “In 1967, sisters Juliet (Darby Camp) and Evangeline (Chandler Head) are abandoned by their mother at their unsuspecting grandparents’ farm in the small southern town of Fireside. Stunned by their sudden arrival, tender-hearted Walt (Corbin Bernsen) and champion fiddler Ruby (Melissa Gilbert) graciously stand in for the missing parents and create one blue-ribbon recipe for a loving family.
Fireside, home of radio Station KOFF, kept secrets, broken promises and to-die-for sundaes serves as the backdrop for this heartwarming story full of surprises. Top it all off with the unexpected appearance of Walt’s ailing mother—eccentric, Emily Dickinson-quoting Itasca (Cloris Leachman), and laughter and tears abound.
Richly packed with plenty of quirky characters and hilarious escapades, When We Last Spoke is a timeless movie for all ages that digs in deep to things that matter most—family, friends, love, and forgiveness. “
It starts out with an opening of a woman running a radio station talking about her sister. Quickly we see a flash back of when the sisters were little girls and it begins our adventure, following the life of the girls as they are unexpectedly thrust into the care of their grandparents.
The mischief that the girls experience keeps things interesting to begin with. Then their great-grandmother is dropped off and things get even MORE exciting around the previously quiet farm.
Family Content – There isn’t a lot to worry about with this movie. The scariest scene is a war moment where you see flashes of soldiers under fire, loud gun shots in the background, and it’s dark, quickly moving scenery from the war where the father is fighting in Vietnam. Part of the scariness is that it’s cut with scenes of the girls playing innocently at the farm. Even still, there’s no blood or gratuitous violence so even my sensitive 8 year old daughter was good with this scene. (For contrast – she burst into tears during Max the war dog when the father threatened to shoot the dog. That scene was more intense than this scene for her.)
There’s no overt language, sex or other content to be concerned about in this movie. I loved being able to watch it with the whole family.
Want to watch it with yours? You can pick up your tickets from Fathom Events to enjoy this lovely family movie offering.
It’s a sweet movie of love, forgiveness, and family that is a heart-warming and uplifting breath of fresh air. Skip the news and choose this instead and you won’t regret it!