Miracles from Heaven Monday, 16 September 2019

Miracles from Heaven

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes, some upsetting scenes.

  • The pitch:

    A miracle Beams in Texas.

  • Starring:

    Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Brighton Sharbino, Courtney Fansler, Queen Latifah, Eugenio Derbez

  • Directed by:

    Patricia Riggen

  • Running time:

    109 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shirt-grabbed, near-hit by car, air-lifted after an accident. A child falls from a tree. Family pillow fight. A car is hit, kicked, damaged. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody face, arms, clothing (child); extracting blood, blood in tube. Unconscious child, concussion, bruising, scar, abdominal distension, fever, pain, hair loss, oxygen mask, IV drips, MRI, chemotherapy, endoscopy (internal organs visible on monitor), patients in hospital beds. Feeding tube inserted/removed through nose, needle inserted into arm, chest tube inserted through pectoral. Surgery on dog. Child with walker, a child thrashes/moans from pain. References to people dying, spinal injuries, head injuries, side effects of medication (diarrhoea/headaches/cardiac arrhythmia), childhood depression. Lactose intolerance, reflux, twisted intestines, body unable to process food, no cure, tubal feeding mentioned. Discussions of surgery, illness, quality of life, pain control, vomit, cancer, bone disease, fear of death.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting. Kisses, hugging. Smack on bum (playful). Shirtless man, low-cut dresses/cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (prescription pills, schedule). Reference to quitting smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Religious themes, references and exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, illness, diagnosis/misdiagnosis, medical procedures/treatment, childhood cancer, chemotherapy, near-death experience, incurable diseases, family, faith, belief, hope, death, sin, depression, mother-daughter relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital, doctor's surgery, church settings. Divorce, mother leaving, financial difficulties, impact on marriage mentioned. Dog. Vomiting. Barbecuing meat. Based on a true story. Based on the memoir Miracles From Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Beam.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Thoughtful, well-intentioned, likeable, accessible, effective, decent, good, intimate. Solid/memorable/compelling/real/solid performance by Jennifer Garner, impressive performance by Kylie Rogers, honest depiction of childhood depression, calm/un-showy direction, based on an amazing true story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Preachy, predictable, sappy, cloying, middling, manipulative, judgemental, prickly, overlong, overwrought, hollow. Simplistic/one-track narrative, second-act humour tries a little too hard, inauthentic/misattributed quote from Einstein used repeatedly.

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