"New Love Overcomes Grief"
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THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE has some entertaining, inspiring and touching moments. However, the quirky moments and character motivations and transformations don’t always work. Also, the grief Lennie and Toby display is sometimes over the top. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE has a light Christian worldview. For example, Lennie says she likes to study Catholic saints. Also, the movie’s plot problem is overtly solved by signs that are directed from Heaven. That said, the movie’s Christian worldview is a little too light. Also, it’s marred by some strong Romantic elements, foul language, lewd jokes in one short sequence, and references to smoking marijuana. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE.
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is a romantic drama about a 17-year-old teenage girl with musical talent who’s still grieving over the sudden death of her sister and is pulled out of her grief by her budding romance with a male student in her high school’s orchestra. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE has some entertaining, inspiring and touching moments, but the quirky moments and character motivations don’t always work, and the movie’s Christian worldview is too light and contains many light profanities and other foul language.
As the movie opens, 17-year-old Lennie Walker is struggling with overwhelming grief over her older sister, Bailey’s, sudden death of a heart condition at school. Lennie spends most of her days in her room mourning her sister or writing notes to her sister and attaching them to bushes and leaves in the nearby redwood forest.
Lennie and Bailey were taken in by their grandmother, Fiona, when their single mother died of a similar condition when they were young. Their grandmother is a painter and grows gigantic roses outside her large rustic house near a redwood forest in Northern California. Meanwhile, their Uncle Big has had to be a surrogate father to the two sisters.
Lennie’s grandmother has become concerned that Lennie is too obsessed with her sister’s death. Meanwhile, Lennie is upset that everyone else has moved on from Bailey’s death. In fact, Lennie is so obsessed with her sister’s death that she’s lost all interest in her music. She also no longer wants to go to Juilliard, the famous art school in New York. So, when she returns to orchestra class for the first time since Bailey’s death, she surrenders her seat as the first clarinet chair in the school orchestra.
Like most of the other girls in her school, Lennie swoons over one of the new music students, a light-skinned black student named Joe Fontaine. Though the chances of her dating Joe look very slim, Lennie finds herself engaging with Joe on a personal basis. He wants her to play music with him, but she keeps refusing.
Meanwhile, however, Lennie realizes that her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Toby, is grieving Bailey’s death as strongly as she is. Their grief draws them together, and they eventually kiss, but as soon as they do, they are both wracked with guilt. Especially Toby, who confides in Lennie that he and Bailey had decided to get married before her sudden death. Oh, and by the way, Bailey was pregnant with Toby’s baby when she died.
At the same time, Joe begins to break down Lennie’s defenses. Romance starts to blossom between them, and a much happier Lennie starts to regain her interest in music.
Since Joe is the one she really wants, Lennie breaks things off with Toby, who’s still wallowing in his grief over Bailey. However, Toby keeps hanging around her grandmother’s house, helping Lennie’s grandmother with tending her roses.
Besides its love triangle, which is wrapped up in Lennie’s grief over her sister’s sudden death, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE has some quirky moments of magical realism. For example, in one scene, the forest seems to come alive when Lennie is hiking there with the journal she uses to write notes to her sister. Also, when Lennie and Joe play music together in another scene, they start magically floating in the air.
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE has some entertaining, inspiring and touching moments. However, the quirky moments and character motivations and transformations don’t always work. Also, Lennie’s grief for her sister is so overwhelming that she’s not always an easy, appealing character to watch. Some viewers may even want to slap her and say, “Snap out of it, girl!” Other times, though, the grief she displays is very moving.
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE has a light Christian worldview, with a light Catholic twist. For example, Lennie is fascinated by Catholic saints. In one scene, she tells Toby he reminds her of St Francis of Assisi. Also, the plot problem that comes between Lennie and Joe in the third act is solved by “signs” directed from Heaven.
That said, the movie’s Christian worldview is a little too light. Also, it’s marred by some strong Romantic elements, foul language and some lewd jokes in one short sequence. Finally, the older uncle is shown smoking marijuana in one scene, but Lennie rebukes her uncle for smoking it too much in another scene.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE.
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