for thematic material including some medical situations
Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum
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Heaven is For Real is based on the #1 New York Times best seller by the same name. It is a true story about a father who must find the courage to share his son's story. The story is based on the real life story of the Burpo family, whose son claims that he visited heaven during a near death experience. This family movie review thinks that this incredible story is inspiring.
Colton's story was doubted by many and the family was reluctant to share the story, especially in a small town. Colton speaks authoritatively about many things that he could not have known, personal things that happened before his birth. He is a very small child and tells his mother about a sister that miscarried before he was born. Colton saw his deceased grandfather.
The theme of the movie revolves around life and death matters. For this reason it might not be appropriate for younger members of the family. The movie shows Colton being rushed through the hospital halls about to die. The scene is traumatic and emotional. It does show Colton's out of body viewpoint looking down on himself being resuscitated. He is on a ventilator with a tube coming out of his mouth and is for all intents and purposes dead. The movie does not portray it in a frightening or grotesque manner, but it is realistic and may be disturbing. This was the key reason why the MPAA claims to have not rated the movie for younger audiences. The emotional impact of the scene are the main reason for rating this movie slightly higher than a strict PG.
The family must make a decision of whether to tell his story, against the wishes of the townspeople, or whether to keep it to themselves. This story is about the realities of life. It is about hope and family love. It is an inspiring story and would be considered appropriate for all audiences except for the disturbing medical scene and the thematic issues of life and death. Colton sees ghosts after his experience, but they are portrayed as real people and not in a frightening way. Unlike the Sixth Sense, they are not portrayed grotesquely. Everyone is young and healthy on the other side in this movie. Colton uses his gift to give people hope and comfort in their time of grief. This parental guide to the movies thinks that this is an inspiring movie, but it is up to everyone to make up their mind as to what is appropriate for their families.
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