"Sweet Love Story"
What You Need To Know:
NEW LIFE is a love letter to Ava. It has some poignant moments, funny moments, romantic moments, and heartrending moments. In that regard, it’s a very well structured movie, with a strong Christian worldview. It does, however, have some kissing and discussions of when to have a baby. Distracting from some of the drama is some on the nose dialogue and static dialogue. Because of the movie’s good orchestration, these defects are barely noticeable, but they do slow down the movie a little. Some of the accents seem strange in NEW LIFE, but overall the direction is very good and brings out the best in the actors. Caution is advised for older children.
(CCC, BBB, L, V, N, A, M) Very strong Christian, redemptive worldview with a theme of redemption and loving the other person more than yourself and some explicit Christian content at a funeral; three very light profanities which could be taken as appeals to God; woman is dying of cancer, painful terminal illness, and many effects of chemotherapy, man takes out his anger by beating up a boat, suggestion of suicide but not consummated; no sex but kissing throughout and marital bedroom scenes but nothing shown, discussion of wanting to have a baby and timing for conception; upper male nudity; alcohol use; no smoking or illegal drugs; and, being a workaholic, light deception, two friends give bad advice.
NEW LIFE is a well-orchestrated movie about a deep and caring love story. For anyone who wants to see a contemporary love story, this is a good place to start.
The movie opens with Ben in the bathtub appearing to give up on life. His narration takes viewers back to the day Ben’s parents moved from England to work at an architecture firm in a small town, where, as a young boy, he met Ava. Upon meeting, Ava says “didn’t your friends in England tell you that you sound funny”. He replies “no, we all talk like this”. Soon, their friendship develops into something more, and is fully realized at the homecoming dance, when they kiss, confirming their affection for one another.
While Ava goes to college, Ben works two jobs in order to prepare himself to be a responsible husband in the event that he and Ava ever get married. He works for his father’s architecture firm and as a limo driver. Ava school is a two hour and drive and Ben’s overloaded work schedule is driving them apart. Ava soon finds herself capturing the affection of another young man as her and ben drift further apart. Ben’s best friend persuades him to give up the relationship, but when he does, he heart is miserable. As a means of comfort his friend says, “What do I know? I haven’t loved anyone.”
Meanwhile, Ava’s best friend, a French exchange student named Monique, wants to date anybody and everybody, and advises Ava to do the same. In lieu of all the factors keeping them apart, and Ben’s own misery, he realizes that in order to save his relationship he must make more of a commitment. He apologizes to Ava, and asks her to marry him.
Soon after marriage they wish to have children. When Ava finally gets pregnant, they tell everyone about it, but Ava has a miscarriage. The doctor tells her that she has cancer. They work through her illness but it soon returns. Meanwhile, Ava’s friend Monique has had a baby out of wedlock and is back living in Paris.
NEW LIFE is a love letter to Ava. It has some poignant, funny, romantic, and heartrending moments. In that regard, it’s a very well structured movie. For purists, it does have some kissing and discussions of when they can to have a baby. Distracting from some of the movie’s drama is some on the nose dialogue and static dialogue. Because of the movie’s good orchestration, these defects are barely noticeable, but they do slow down the movie a little. Some of the accents seem a little strange in NEW LIFE, but overall the direction is very good and brings out the best in the actors. Caution is advised for older children.