Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap
Big Stone Gap
  • PG-13
  • 1h 43m
  • 2015
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
It’s 1978 and the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) leads a simple life. She lives with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, and hopes that her best friend will take their platonic friendship in a romantic direction. Ave Maria waits, and before she knows it, she turns 40. Now the old maid of Big Stone Gap, Ave Maria decides that happiness is for other people – that is, until a long-buried family secret throws her quiet life spectacularly off course. With an all-star cast, Big Stone Gap is a love letter to small-town life, working people and the triumph of love.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Roeper

By the time we get to the final, borderline ludicrous moments in Big Stone Gap, I wasn't even surp...

June 25, 2017
Glenn Kenny

The movie ambles along amiably enough for a while; it's better if you are a fan of one or more mem...

June 25, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Gary Goldstein

That the creaky romantic comedy "Big Stone Gap" attracted such a large ensemble of talented name a...

June 25, 2017
Seattle Times
Soren Andersen

It's tempting to say "Big Stone Gap" is greeting-card pretty and sweet, but that doesn't quite fit...

June 25, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer
Molly Eichel

The plot itself has little momentum, and what should feel dramatic instead feels inert.

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
Common Sense Says
Flat comedy about small-town '70s life lacks laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Big Stone Gap is a romantic comedy starring Ashley Judd that's focused on life in a Virginia coal-mining town in the late 1970s. Overall this story about living life and pursuing your dreams (fi you can figure out what they are) is quite mild: Expect some sexual innuendo (including speculation about a character's sexual preferences) and kissing and very infrequent swearing (including "ass" and "screw"). Some characters smoke cigarettes and drink, including a weeding scene in which a bride and groom are almost too wasted to make it down the aisle.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:October 9, 2015
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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