Positive But Not Quite up to Par
Release Date: September 21, 2007
Genre: Musical Drama
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Red Envelope Entertainment/Netflix (USA)
Director: Tata Amaral
Executive Producer: Moa Ramalho
Producer: Geórgia Costa Araújo and Tata Amaral
Writer: Roberto Moreira and Tata Amaral
Address Comments To:Reed Hastings, Chairman/CEO
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ANTONIA is a modern musical, so one would expect the movie’s musical aspects to be a high priority and therefore of high quality. While the four female actresses/singers are separately talented in their own right, the overall sound they produce leaves much to be desired. Out of the numerous tracks performed during ANTONIA, only two musical numbers prove musically impressive and emotionally moving. This may be remarkably disappointing to music lovers.
The movie makes three positive references to God, twice in music. The first mention sneaks in through a rap where the performer invokes God’s blessing upon a situation. The second reference is a largely more blatant situation. The scene happens directly after a character has died, and one of the grieving individuals enters their home to a group of Christians singing worship songs together. This scene expresses that God can be a source of hope and comfort in times when one’s heart is hurting. Lastly, when two of the four women discuss relationship issues in one scene, one encourages the other woman by saying, “Leave it to God.” This quote reveals an aspect of God’s personality to never leave nor forsake his children, as well as reiterating that He is completely sovereign and in control of every situation.
Additionally, the movie incorporates the controversial subject of abortion. The pregnant character chooses life over death and decides to go through with the delivery, rather than stop the child’s existence. And, as icing on the pro-life cake, the father of the unborn child, who originally strongly encouraged an abortion, has a change of heart and supports the mother’s decision.
On the negative side, the movie contains some foul language, very strong feminist content and strong homosexual references, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme or strong caution.
ANTONIA is a modern musical, so one would expect the movie’s musical aspects to be a high priority and therefore of high quality. While the four female actresses/singers are separately talented in their own right, the overall sound they produce leaves much to be desired. The movie has a moral worldview, with moderately strong Christian elements making three positive references to God, but there is also some foul language and strong feminist content with strong references to homosexuality. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.