Unfinished Life, An

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

In this heartwarming drama set in Wyoming, Einar (Robert Redford) is angry at life and his daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez), who he blames for the death of his only son. After the death, Einar withdraws, and his bitterness drives away his wife and Jean, leaving him with one friend, handyman Mitch Bradley (Morgan Freeman). Mitch has been mauled by a grizzly, and Einar feels obligated to care for him and kill the grizzly. When Jean and her 11-year-old daughter, Griff (Becca Gardner), flee from Jean’s abusive boyfriend, Gary (Damian Lewis), Einar grudgingly takes them in. He soon finds himself disarmed by Griff’s sweet personality and begins to teach her how to tend the ranch. When Gary tracks down Jean and tries to force her back with him, he has to deal with the wrath of love interest Sheriff Crane (Josh Lucas), Mitch and, yes, Einar.

A family could be positively impacted by this movie, which promotes love, forgiveness and family. The women dress modestly, which is a rarity and certainly cause for applause, and the sexual content is limited to sexual sounds coming from a steamy car. But there are some unquestionable negatives with An Unfinished Life. While Jean is a loving mother, she is also promiscuous. Most of the characters have anger issues, which result in a lot of yelling and a good bit of bad language. There are several episodes of violence and one particularly strong scene where Einar badly beats up Gary. Because Sheriff Crane is too lenient, there are no consequences for lawbreaking, including the theft of government property. Despite the film’s redeeming messages and the positive role model portrayed by Griff’s character, the foul language, profanity and violence prevent Preview from giving it a positive acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Renee Borner

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: Many (26) times – mild (hell 10, damn 3); moderate (b-tt 1); strong (-ss 9, b-tch 1, SOB 2)

Obscene Language: Many (11) times – moderate (cr-p 2, scr-w 2); strong (f-word 2, s-word 5)

Profanity: Many (12) times – strong (GD 8, J 2, C2)

Violence: Several times – mild (woman’s face bruised, man manhandles female in restaurant, woman is manhandled outside restaurant, man threatens man with gun, man grabs child and forces into car); moderate (man rakes things off of table while yelling at woman with child watching, man and woman strike each other outside of restaurant, man breaks coffee pot over man’s head, man holds knife or fork at throat of another, man is attacked by bear with no blood shown); strong (man brutally beats up another man)

Sex: Once – moderate (sounds of sex coming from steamy car)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once – mild (man comments that the river in his dreams reminds him of how a woman tastes)

Drugs: Few times – mild (man drinking in restaurant and in bar, man drunk at grave, man drunk at home – all drinking portrayed as way to deal with struggles)

Other: Man steals government property to set bear free

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults and Teens

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