All My Life is a beautiful story of love and living life to its fullest. Don’t forget the tissues for this tear-jerker! Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
All My Life, starring Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day) and Harry Shum Jr. (Crazy Rich Asians) and is in theaters tomorrow, December 4th! This love story based on true life events will have audiences on a roller coaster of emotions, swooning over the couples romance one minute and sobbing the next. Unlike those cliche Nicholas Sparks romance films, All My Life focuses more on life rather than loss. But is it appropriate for younger audiences? Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
All My Life Parents Guide
All My Life is based on the real-life story of Jenn (Jessica Rothe) and Solomon (Harry Shum Jr.). The movie begins with Jenn and “Sol” having a chance meeting in a bar, clicking immediately over discussing the perfect pick-up line. We watch their relationship blossom as the two fall in love, move in together and eventually become engaged.
Their happily ever after love story is soon brought to a hault when Sol receives devastating news. He has been diagnosed with an agressive form of liver cancer, fighting for his life and postponing their wedding plans indefinitely. In hopes to lift the couples spirits, friends and family rally together, raising enough money to give the pair the wedding of their dreams.
All My Life Age Appropriate
Let’s take a look at what parents need to be aware of before letting their kids watch All My Life.
Language: The language in this film is extremely mild. In fact there are only two instances in the movie where a character used strong language. The first was when Jenn jokes around with Sol and told him to “Dust your apron off, b*tch. ” And the second was the use of the word “prick.”
Sexual Content: The couple are in love and make it clear they have a healthy sex life. The film contains a lot of kissing but it does not show intimate sex scenes.
For someone who has lost a loved one, this film could possibly be triggering, as we watch Sol fight cancer. There are many moments which bring viewers to tears, but it also focuses on the silver-linings in life.
All My Life has the potential to become a “been there, done that” Nicholas Sparks type of romance movie. Director Marc Meyers recognizes the cliche path the story can easily take and does a fantastic job of diverting the heartbreak into a story of life and love. Not to say viewers aren’t brought to weepy tears, if you aren’t sobbing the moment Sol and Jenn walk out of the hospital after receiving the horrible cancer news, then you may have a heart the size of the Grinch’s. However, Meyer’s brilliantly balances these moments of sorrow with moments of joy. One of the most memorable scenes is when the pair become engaged in an over-the-top proposal which celebrates their care-free, light-hearted love story.
The chemistry on screen between Rothe and Shum just works, delivering the audience a relatable couple to rally behind. Viewers are invested in the pair and their adorable connection, and instead of cringing at cheesey scenes like the “toothbrush song,” we are sapping up the playfulness between the two.
Now or Never.
All My Life does not offer surprises, but it does leave us all with a lesson on life, to make each day count. As Jenn said, the average person is given 27,375 days to live and most of those days pass by unnoticed, forgettable. No one knows when their time will come, we have no control of when our life will end. But what we can control is how we live, taking in all the moments and living for today. And in a year like 2020, we need to hear messages like this now more than ever.