Twelve and Holding

I selected Twelve and Holding to watch with my 12-year-old son but after viewing this terribly sad, coming of age tale, I’ve decided against it.

Amazon describes Twelve and Holding, …
Shocking and intricate pre-teen coming of age tale where adolescence and adulthood collide, exploring the complexities of children losing their innocence and adults struggling to guide them. Sparked by the tragic death of Jacob’s twin brother, a trio of friends band together as they grapple with feelings of revenge, grief and experiences of growing up. As each family’s personal challenges are revealed, they learn to better understand each other and their own realities.

While Twelve and Holding would provide a means to discuss with pre-teens the issues of thinking before you act and the consequences of our actions as well as death and dying, some of the situations these children find themselves in, is not appropriate for my son at this stage of his life.

One particularly disturbing event happens when young 12-year-old Malee, becomes infatuated with an older construction worker and decides to give herself to him, showing her despiration for love and acceptance.

Awakenings

Awakenings, based on the acclaimed book by neurologist Oliver Sacks, director Penny Marshall’s 1990 drama stars Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer.

The story, based on the real life work of Dr. Malcolm Sayer, is about about a doctor who makes terrific strides in fighting post-encephalitis patients that were considered incurable. The patients were in a persistent catatonic state.

Sayer is a neurologist who discovers that the drug L-Dopa can be used to “unlock” the patients minds and bodies, bringing them back to the real world and the problems living in the real world brings. The story takes us through the struggles and triumphs of patients who have lost nearly 30 years of their lives.

Leonard (Robert De Niro) is one such patient who awakens after being in a comatose state for 30-years, leaving Sayer to guide Leonard in adjusting to the world around him. Penelope Ann Miller costars as the daughter of another patient, with whom Leonard falls tenuously in love.

Robin Williams fans will enjoy watching Awakenings!

Behind the Scenes

Knowing

Nicolas Cage stars as astrophysicist and widower John Koestler, who decodes a series of seemingly random numbers, which had been buried in a time capsule, 50-years prior and recently dug up at his son s elementary school. In it are some chillingly accurate predictions of coming disasters, with very specific details… when, where, and how many will die.

The Knowing, a sci-fi thriller, blends psychic premonitions, realism, and conspiracy with the drama of end times destruction on a global scale to create a tolerable movie, which is certainly better than some of Nicolas Cage’s recent attempts.

If you enjoy watching Nicolas Cage, you will like the Knowing.