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PENGUIN BLOOM

"Love Overcomes Tragedy"

Quality:
Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.
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Language
Violence
Sex
Nudity

What You Need To Know:

Streaming on Netflix, PENGUIN BLOOM tells the true story of Samantha Bloom, who experiences a near-fatal accident that leaves her partially paralyzed. As a wife, mother to three boys and an avid surfer, Sam’s world is flipped on its head. She grows depressed, and her family struggles to adjust to the new circumstances. As they work to persevere, the beginning steps of healing seem out of reach for the Blooms. However, one day the eldest son, Noah, brings home an injured magpie. The bird, who they name Penguin, becomes an honorary family member and has a profound role to play in restoring the family and helping Sam want to live life again.

Based on a book written by the father, Cameron, PENGUIN BLOOM is a heartfelt, emotional, absorbing tale about healing and overcoming tragedy. Although the movie tackles heavy themes, it champions marriage, forgiveness, love, and the importance of family. PENGUIN BLOOM isn’t a movie for younger children, but it does have strong positive messages. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for pre-teen children because of some violence and depictions of nightmares, depression and frustration.

Content:

(BB, C, L, V, N, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview with light redemptive themes about love, sacrifice and healing, and family and marriage are stressed, but there’s no mention of God or Jesus being part of the healing or the characters’ lives

Foul Language:
One “s” word and people get sick from eating bad oysters, and father slips in the vomit

Violence:
Movie centers on a women’s accident involving a fall from a two-story building (scary and leaves her paralyzed below the waist, but not graphic), other violence involves birds attacking each other, and, aside from the physical, the mental toll the accident has on woman and her family is evident in intense nightmares and outbursts

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No explicit nudity, but the upper back of a naked woman is shown from behind

Alcohol Use:
Brief alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
A family’s The family struggle contains some shouting matches, but it is all redeemed, and love and forgiveness overcome their grief.

More Detail:

PENGUIN BLOOM is a drama based on a true story of the Bloom family and is streaming on Netflix.

The movie opens as the eldest Bloom boy, Noah, narrates over home video. He talks about his mother, Sam, and her love for surfing and her joy in being a mother to him and his two brothers as well as a loving wife to his father. His story has a somber tone and turns sorrowful when he describes a vacation that would change the family’s lives forever.

Noah recalls their most recent vacation to Thailand, where his family is enjoying the tropics. When they go to the roof of where they are staying, Sam leans against a railing as it falls away.

Cuts to the present day, and Sam is in a wheelchair. Her husband must help her out of bed, take a shower and cook the boys’ lunch before taking them to school. Sam feels like she’s useless as a mother and wife. Although her mother sometimes visits her during the day, she spends most of the day alone in the house.

As Sam’s depression grows, her husband and sons struggle to adjust. One day, Noah finds an injured magpie bird. Although reluctantly, Sam allows her family to nurture the bird back to health. Now, Sam isn’t alone, and she starts to look after the bird, which they name Penguin. As the family struggles to persevere and love one another, Penguin begins to have a positive impact on the family’s bonds with one another and on Sam’s emotional healing.

PENGUIN BLOOM is a heartfelt, emotional, absorbing story about healing and overcoming tragedy. Although the movie tackles heavy themes, it champions marriage, forgiveness and the importance of family. PENGUIN BLOOM isn’t a movie for younger children and doesn’t mention God or faith, but it has strong positive messages. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for pre-teen children due to some violence and depicted depression in nightmares.