Forever My Girl Parent Guide
This sentimental and predictable love story may still please those looking for romance at the movies.
Parent Movie Review
Usually when the small-town boy leaves, becomes famous, and returns home, he’s greeted with streamers, handshakes and kisses. Sadly, Liam Page (Alex Roe) didn’t understand the importance of first making a graceful departure from his tiny Georgia community. And nobody was more surprised with his sudden exit than Josie (Jessica Rothe), his grade school sweetheart who was about to walk down the aisle with him when she was informed her groom had gone AWOL.
Eight years later Liam Page is a household name. The country singer can’t show his face in public without causing a mob scene. Yet, despite this recognition and the accompanying wealth, he’s one sad guy. By day he drowns his sorrows with booze, and by night he routinely has security guards usher a select female concert goer up to his hotel room for a one-night-stand. During one of his drunken “daze” while playing in a city near his hometown, he catches news that an old friend has died in a car accident. That solemn moment motivates him to return home for the funeral.
Louisiana native, screenwriter and director, Bethany Ashton Wolf plays it safe in her first feature film. Using the book Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin as her basis, she populates her production with locations, characters and plots similar to those found in movies based on Nicholas Sparks’ romance novels. (See Dear John, The Choice and The Longest Ride.) These include many convenient situations that allow characters to move through what should be months of decision making in just a couple weeks. We know Josie’s initial anger toward Liam will fade fast and it’s even less of a surprise to discover she has a seven-year-old daughter named Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson) who has never met her dad.
Thankfully, for Liam, his father (John Benjamin Hickey) is the town Pastor. This man of God knows how to give a good sermon on forgiveness. Considering the entire community would like to see this prodigal tied up and served for dinner, Pastor Brian’s words are food for the souls of both his parishioners and himself. With this support, Liam begins to work through some momentous issues (fear of commitment, love of drinking, etc.) and embraces the opportunity to be a dad.
Although Billy was the result of a pre-marital sexual relationship and we see Liam wake up with one of those aforementioned fans in his hotel room, there is no other sexual content in the film. Violence is limited to a few verbal spars, a punch and an injured hand. And mild profanities, terms of deity and name-calling are also infrequent.
Mid-January romances are rare in movie theaters and so are PG ratings. Although sentimental and predictable, this story may be just the ticket to please teens and adults looking for a little love to warm up their winter.Directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. Starring Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey . Running time: 108 minutes. Theatrical release January 19, 2018. Updated February 8, 2018
Forever My Girl
Rating & Content Info
Why is Forever My Girl rated PG? Forever My Girl is rated PG by the MPAA for thematic elements including drinking, and for language.
Violence: An angry woman punches a man. A character’s hand is bandaged (a little blood is seen) after an injury which is not depicted. Various deaths are discussed, one from a car accident, and others form illness or old age. A character who has treated others poorly is ignored or spoken to harshly. A character is in physical danger from choking on food.
Sexual Content: It is implied that a character frequently engages in casual sex, and he awakens the morning after with a woman in his hotel room. A man is seen shirtless on a couple of occasions. A woman has a child out of wedlock. Characters kiss and embrace.
Profanity: Infrequent mild profanities and terms of deity are used, along with name-calling.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink alcohol at bars, home and in social settings—to relieve stress or drown sorrows. One character appears to have a drinking problem, and is depicted as intoxicated or hungover. Another woman claims to be tipsy. Drinking and smoking are mentioned in the lyrics of some songs.
Page last updated February 8, 2018
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Forever My Girl Parents' Guide
Liam receives a cold welcome when he returns to his hometown. Why are so many people unhappy to see him? How does the community respond to his father’s sermon on mercy and forgiveness? Would you be as willing to let go of the feelings caused by someone’s hurtful actions?
When Liam tries to become part of his daughter’s life, Josie reminds him that, “Fatherhood is forever.” What does she mean? What responsibilities do parents need to shoulder? What happens to children when a father or mother doesn’t step up to those obligations?
As Liam deals with the guilt of his shortcomings, a friend reminds him: “Everyone messes up – it is what they do after that matters.” What do you think he means? Is this advice you can learn from?