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FOUR GOOD DAYS Parents Guide Movie Review

Four Good Days is a heart-wrenching tale of drug addiction and unconditional love, featuring superb performances from both Mila Kunis and Glenn Close. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.

Four Good Days Parents Guide

If the new film Four Good Days feels like a real life tale it is due to the story being loosely based off a 2016 Washington Post article about a Michigan mother’s efforts to help her daughter kick heroin. In fact Eli Saslow, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning article, co-wrote this script with director Rodrigo Garcia. It is a heart-breaking tale of addiction and love. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.

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Four Good Days Parents Guide

Molly (Mila Kunis) shows up on the door step of her mother Deb (Glenn Close) and stepfather Chris (Stephen Root) ready to get her life together and get clean off drugs. Deb agrees to send Molly to yet another detox clinic where a new doctor recommends a proven successful treatment, however, Molly must stay clean for four more days to begin it.

Four Good Days Parents Guide

Four Good Days Age Appropriate Parents Guide

Lets take a look at what parents need to know before allowing their kids to view Four Good Days.

Language: Four Good Days contains hard language with profanity used throughout. Words include: f*ck, b*tch, sh*t, a**h*le, g-d d*mn, screw you and more.

Mature Content: This film explores the harsh truths of drug addiction and reveals scenes showing drug withdrawals, a drug house, individuals high on drugs and the like. Discussions of theft and selling ones body for drugs is mentioned in the film.

Overall Thoughts

Four Good Days doesn’t offer anything new to these sorts of films of it’s genre – same old story filled with lies, second chances, empty promises and pleas of help. Where this movie stands out above the rest, however, is in the subtle and relatable moments between mother and daughter. Viewers will not receive the dramatic flare one might expect, instead it offers characters many of us are able to see ourselves in and relate with.

Close and Kunis carry the weight of the film, and it is in their performances which indeed propel this story to the next level. Glenn Close delivers a stellar performance, which isn’t surprising from the powerhouse actress, exuding a mix of love for her daughter and frustration from the situation. While her character at times becomes a bit exhausting, it is only testament to the authenticity of her portrayal of Deb. Kunis embodies Molly in both the toothless, scabbed faced look, as well as the honest grittiness of a drug-addict.

Four Good Days is a hard watch, no fluff or frills but rather raw, heart-wrenching moments of the jarring effects of drugs and the victims it leaves in its wake. 

Four Good Days Parents Guide