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A MOUTHFUL OF AIR

What You Need To Know:

A MOUTHFUL OF AIR follows a mother trying to manage depression and a newborn. Julie is an author of children’s books who finally has a child. Her child is a beautiful baby boy, and her husband is very happy. Though Julie loves her child, she’s dealing with depression and tries to take her life. Julie is saved and starts taking anti-depressants. This seems to relieve her depression. However, when she becomes pregnant again, she decides, for the baby’s sake, not to take the medication. Will Julie be able to persevere without the anti-depressants?

A MOUTHFUL OF AIR is a depressing, humanist movie that doesn’t offer viewers much hope. The movie deals with issues of abuse, depression and suicide. Sadly, there’s no final resolution or hopeful message. So, people who deal with these issues probably won’t want to watch a movie like this, but neither will general audiences, much less families. Amanda Seyfried gives a heartbreaking performance as the mother. As usual, Paul Giamatti delivers a compelling performance as her doctor. However, A MOUTHFUL OF AIR contains brief foul language, lying and deception.

Content:

(HHH, B, L, VV, S, A, D, M) Worldview: Very strong humanist worldview with no supernatural references, no faith and no hopeful message, but there’s a light pro-life message

Foul Language:
Six obscenities (including three “f” words) and no profanities

Violence:
Disturbing violence includes attempted suicide, full suicide, and physical abuse by a father to a daughter

Sex:
Implied sex in marriage

Nudity:
no nudity

Alcohol Use:
Drinking

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Tobacco smoking but no illegal drugs, though a new mother takes antidepressants; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Lying and deception.

More Detail:

A MOUTHFUL OF AIR follows a mother who is trying to manage depression and a newborn. A MOUTHFUL OF AIR is a humanist movie with a depressing end and brief foul language, so MOVIEGUIDE® finds this movie unsatisfying and unacceptable.

Julie is a young mother who has one baby. The baby is happy and joyful, but Julie’s unhappy. Julie has even created a colorful world for her family. As a children’s book author, she has a character that animates their life. Even so, Julie decides to try to take her life but fails. When this happens, her sister-in-law, who was already on her way for a play date, shows up and calls 911. Julie goes to the hospital and ends up seeing a psychologist. The psychologist asks if this is a recent depression due to Post-Partum Depression, or is this something she’s always felt? Julie reveals she has always considered taking her own life.

Julie is put on anti-depressants. Weeks and months pass, and Julie feels she is starting to see color again and more joy. However, when she and her husband find out she’s pregnant again, Julie doesn’t want to take the anti-depressants anymore, in order to protect the child. Will Julie be okay even though she doesn’t have her medicines to help her?

A MOUTHFUL OF AIR is a depressing, humanist movie that doesn’t offer viewers much hope. The movie deals with issues of abuse, depression and suicide. Sadly, there’s no resolution or hopeful message at the end. People who deal with these issues probably won’t want to watch such a movie as this, but neither will general audiences, much less families. Amanda Seyfried gives a heartbreaking performance as the mother. As usual, Paul Giamatti delivers a compelling performance as her doctor. However, A MOUTHFUL OF AIR also contains brief foul language, lying and deception.

All of us at MOVIEGUIDE® prays for mothers who are affected by depression and mental health issues, that the Holy Spirit will fill them with hope, love, peace, and an understanding of the God who made them with purpose and meaning.