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The Damage of Poor Parenting

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Release Date: May 03, 2013

Starring: ** The Damage of Poor Parenting **

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 99 minutes

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Content:

(B, PaPa, LLL, V, S, AA, DD, MM) An often tragic but ultimately hopeful drama with a light moral worldview and premise about the importance of good parenting in a neglected young child’s world, but mitigated by strong pagan elements that are ultimately proven to be morally wrong, however; 65 or more obscenities and profanities (including many “f” words); parents fight in front of child and neglect her, placing her in possible danger; some sexual allusions to fornication and adultery, including unmarried parents live together; no nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and implied drug use; and, betrayal, frequent lying, dysfunctional families, and parents neglect child.


Summary:

WHAT MAISIE KNEW is an often tragic but ultimately hopeful drama about the importance of good parenting in a neglected young child’s world. WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a beautifully acted and written movie that offers a plea for better parenting, but there’s frequent foul language and other content requiring extreme caution.


Review:

WHAT MAISIE KNEW is an often tragic but ultimately hopeful drama about the importance of good parenting in a neglected young child’s world. There are some strong pagan elements, but they are ultimately proven to be morally wrong.
The story, based on a classic novel by Henry James and adapted to present times, is told from a 6-year-old girl’s viewpoint. Maisie has a rock star mother and a father who runs a failing art business. Maisie’s parents have no time for her and are incredibly neglectful of Maisie even as they bitterly fight and break up their relationship (they were never married). Maisie is shuttled between the two parents every ten days, yet neglected by them. She winds up bonding with her nanny, who suddenly becomes her dad’s new wife, and her mom’s new husband, a bartender who’s incredibly kind to Maisie.
As Maisie’s parents keep fighting, Maisie bonds even further with the two new people in her life. Ultimately, Maisie decides she’s more loved by these two outsiders than by her own parents and tries to live a simpler yet more loving life with them.
WHAT MAISIE KNEW is beautifully acted, with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan appropriately awful as Maisie’s parents. Peter Skarsgard and Joanna Vanderham are highly touching as the outsiders who care more for Maisie, but young Onata Aprile as Maisie is the true revelation here. She delivers a powerful, heartbreaking performance. The superb writing and direction bring the story powerfully into present times, showing that our go-go era of chasing money and work above all else has profoundly sad consequences for children. It comes down squarely on the side that simpler lives and more quality time with children are essential to helping them thrive.
Due to the frequent foul language and often downbeat portrayal of the parents, however, WHAT MAISIE KNEW is suitable only for adult viewers. Extreme caution is advised.


In Brief:

WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a tragic but ultimately hopeful drama about the importance of good parenting. The story, based on a classic novel by Henry James adapted to present times, is told from a 6-year-old girl’s viewpoint. Maisie has a rock star mother and a father who runs a failing art business. Maisie is shuttled between the two parents every ten days, but they have no time for her. She winds up bonding with her nanny, who becomes her dad’s new wife, and her mom’s new husband, a bartender who’s incredibly kind to Maisie. As Maisie’s parents keep fighting, Maisie bonds even further with these two new people in her life.
WHAT MAISIE KNEW is beautifully acted by the whole cast, but young Onata Aprile as Maisie is the true revelation here. She delivers a powerful, heartbreaking performance. WHAT MAISIE KNEW comes down squarely on the side that simpler lives and more quality time with children are essential to helping them thrive. Due to the frequent foul language and often downbeat portrayal of the parents, however, WHAT MAISIE KNEW requires extreme caution.