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What They Had

What They Had
What They Had
What They Had
  • R
  • 1h 41m
  • 2018
Certified Fresh87%
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From first-time writer and director Elizabeth Chomko, this "captivating family drama" that will make "you laugh as much as you cry" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (two-time Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner) and her father's (Oscar nominee Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh87%
Critics Consensus: What They Had finds laughter and tears in its portrait of a family at a crossroads, with writer-director Elizabeth Chomko getting outstanding performances out of a talented cast.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Messy, loving family deals with Alzheimer's in mature drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that What They Had is a poignant drama about a family that's dealing with the very difficult issue of Alzheimer's; it's more focused on characters and life than it is on sickness and misery. It's a beautifully acted, big-hearted, messy hug of a movie for mature viewers. Language is quite strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more -- sometimes shouted in anger during arguments. A married woman tries to seduce another man but is interrupted. There's some sex-related talk and a mention of possible sexual assault. Characters often drink socially/casually (one of them owns a bar), and some cigarette smoking is seen. Blythe Danner, Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, and Robert Forster co-star.

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
  • Release Date:October 19, 2018
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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