The Greatest Hits parents guide

The Greatest Hits Parent Guide

This romantic fantasy is a mix of sad and cloyingly sweet, which should appeal to most genre fans.

Overall B-

Hulu: After the death of her boyfriend, a young woman discovers that certain songs have the power to pull her back through time. Now she must decide if she should try to change the past.

Release date April 12, 2024

Violence B
Sexual Content C-
Profanity C-
Substance Use D

Why is The Greatest Hits rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Greatest Hits PG-13 for drug use, strong language and suggestive material.

Run Time: 94 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Two years after the car crash that put her in a coma for a week and killed her boyfriend Max (David Corenswet), Harriet’s (Lucy Boynton) whole life has changed. She can no longer listen to the music she and Max shared – and not just because it’s emotionally difficult. As soon as Harriet hears one of those songs, she literally relives the memory. During these episodes, it appears as if Harriet can alter her past behavior so she hopes she can change Max’s and maybe prevent the collision that killed him.

Apart from the fact that no one in their right mind believes that she can time travel, there’s another wrinkle. Harriet’s met somebody. David (Justin H. Min) recently lost both his parents and met Harriet at a grief support group. Harriet is now struggling between her desire to move on and live her life, and her need to fix the worst thing that ever happened to her and save Max’s life. But she can’t have both.

It’s an interesting premise, but The Greatest Hits falls a little flat. To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure why. The leads have decent chemistry, the writing isn’t particularly irritating, and it’s both sad and almost cloyingly sweet, which seems to be a winning combination for romantic fantasies. Maybe it would have landed a little better if the time travel had been used more often as a mechanism for storytelling as opposed to flashback exposition. Or maybe it’s simply that romances aren’t my preferred genre. If romantic movies are your thing, this might hit all the right notes.

Not one to break with the well-used traditions of the genre, The Greatest Hits feels like it’s been played before. You know the characters; you know how the plot will shake out. If you’re looking for a slightly melodramatic comfort-food of a movie, the familiarity is a bonus. Who needs to surprise their audience when they can play right down to them? I sound bitter, but I really don’t see that as inherently negative. Sometimes, you just want something comfortable.

With a very PG-13 sexual encounter (shoulders up), negligible violence, and brief alcohol and marijuana use, the most frequent issue for family viewing is, by far, the profanity. Even then, that’s limited to about a dozen scatological terms and a single f-bomb. It’s enough to hurt the movie’s grades with us, but it’s hardly shocking, given the rest of the genre. And that’s good, because the last thing you want when you’ve set your brain in neutral and started rolling it through this story is a surprise.

Directed by Ned Benson. Starring David Corenswet, Lucy Boynton, Justin H. Min. Running time: 94 minutes. Theatrical release April 12, 2024. Updated

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Why is The Greatest Hits rated PG-13? The Greatest Hits is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for drug use, strong language and suggestive material.

Violence: There are brief, non-graphic references to death and injury. Characters are seen very briefly in a car accident.
Sexual Content: Adult characters kiss. There is a scene of implied sex with characters visible only from the shoulders up.
Profanity: There are a dozen scatological expletives, occasional use of mild curses and terms of deity, and a single sexual expletive.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen drinking. Adults smoke marijuana in a state where its use is legal.

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Some other love stories with a little bit of temporal misarrangement include Palm Springs, Needle in a Timestack, The Lake House, The Map of Tiny, Perfect Things, Groundhog Day, About Time, and The Time Travelers Wife. Fans of medically unusual romances might like Ode to Joy, Last Christmas, and The Big Sick. Justin H. Min can also be seen in the heartwarming sci-fi piece After Yang.