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August Rush

children & family, drama

Cared for by a mysterious stranger who gives him the name August Rush, a child uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Pleasant, emotional, fable-like family drama.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this emotional is fairly good family entertainment, with sexual content at a minimum and lots of warmth and great musicianship. That said, there is a bit of violence (a man flashes a knife at children), some social drinking, and a few iffy words ("damn," "pissed," etc.). And since the first half of the movie relies on lots of flashbacks -- which could be confusing for younger kids -- it's probably a better pick for tweens and teens.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what kind of movie this is -- is it a drama? A fantasy? Both? How can you tell? Do you expect a movie like this to be realistic? Families can also discuss how the movie portrays music. Does it really have the power to connect people? To heal their wounds? Why? Can you think of other movies that depict music's enormous, and sometimes magical, reach? And, last but not least, what can viewers learn from how Evan keeps believing in a kinder, gentler world, despite his background and everything that happens to him? What's the big lesson here?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 27
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: While many films require a suspension of disbelief, August Rush asks viewers to terminate their disbelief without severance and have security escort it from the building.

- Alonso Duralde, MSNBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The goal is to drive mothers everywhere insane with the urge to rescue him and brush his hair (or the other way around), and in my case it worked.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Rotten: A music box trying to pass itself off as an orchestra.

- Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Touching. Great music.

- jamers2011, Friday, January 13, 2012

3 stars

A good hearted film with some great music, great performances, but a very terrible ending that almost ruined it for me.

- DreamExtractor, Wednesday, August 17, 2011

4 stars

A great, inspiring non-musical movie about music. I have no clue why it gets such bad reviews, because I expect that this is the kind of movie to be remembered for decades to come.

- spielberg00, Wednesday, June 15, 2011