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Seven Pounds


A strange IRS agent uses his database to locate a series of needy people and goes to elaborate lengths to improve their lives. During the process, he falls in love with a woman in need of a new heart.

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PAUSE for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Melancholy Will Smith film is too intense for younger kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Will Smith + holidays usually equals blockbuster. But this drama's mysterious title and trailer may turn off younger fans who'd rather see a comedy or fantasy. And viewers in the mood for a feel-good story should look elsewhere: The movie tackles heavy themes like what it means to live a meaningful life, embracing death in the face of a terminal illness, and using grief as a motivation to act selflessly. The language and consumerism are mild, the violence is limited to (admittedly disturbing) scenes of two fatal incidents, and the sexuality is one love scene featuring a bare shoulders and backs. All of that said, the central message -- giving of yourself no matter what the cost -- may be too mature for young viewers to handle.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's emphasis on altruism. What messages does it send about generosity? Is it a positive message?
  • Was Ben saintly or insane -- or is it a little of both?
  • Families canalso discuss how the movie develops as a suspenseful drama. Howspecifically was it suspenseful? Was the end predictable, or did itsucceed in being a "big reveal"?
  • How does Smith's character herecompare with others he's played? Do you prefer him in dramas orcomedies/action-adventures? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's not what you'd call any good, but Claude Lelouch fans, say, might relish its grandiose romantic gestures in the face of all known logic.

- Trevor Johnston, Time Out, Friday, January 16, 2009

Audience Reviews

1 star

*Spoiler* Not much to say about this film other than "HOLY SH*T HE JUST KILLED HIMSELF WITH A F*CKING JELLYFISH"

- rjayhutchinson, Friday, July 30, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

A good story, well told and Will Smith is growing on me as a serious actor. The main problem with this is it is far too obvious right from the off what is going to happen and why. We then spend a long time waiting for the build up to the conclusion. Still a fine film though, but it lost it's impact by being too predictable.

- Deano78, Thursday, June 17, 2010