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Let Him Go

Let Him Go
Let Him Go
Let Him Go
  • R
  • 1h 53m
  • 2020
Certified Fresh84%
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
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Following the loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane) leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from a dangerous family living off the grid. They soon discover that the Weboy family has no intention of letting the child go, forcing George and Margaret to fight for their family.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: Let Him Go's uneven blend of adult drama and revenge thriller is smoothed over by strong work from a solid veteran cast.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Violent noir Western has smoking, guns, brutal moments.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Let Him Go is a 1960s-set Western noir adapted from Larry Watson's same-named novel. It centers on two strong-willed grandmothers (Diane Lane and Lesley Manville) who face off over the custody and well-being of their 3-year-old grandson. Adults may find lots to debate about this story and its outcome, but teens are most likely to see it as a story about grandparents who will do whatever it takes to keep their grandchildren safe. That said, the movie also paints a stepfather (and in this case, stepuncles and a stepgrandmother) as villainous, which may be upsetting for blended families. The experiences of a kind, independent Indigenous teen character (Booboo Stewart) provide insight into the cruelty of the Native American boarding schools that existed at the time. Other than smoking by negative characters and a heroic character (Kevin Costner) taking a swig from a brown bag outside a liquor store, iffy content consists primarily of violence. Most of it is related to guns (the consequences of which imply that using a gun for self-defense can still result in tragedy), and there's a glimpse of domestic abuse, as well as the intention of sexual assault. One shocking scene, all of which takes place on camera, involves an axe and the bloody, gory wound it causes.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:November 6, 2020
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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