Title: My Blue Heaven
Starring: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Summary: (From IMDB): An all too uptight FBI agent must protect a larger than life mobster with a heart of gold, currently under witness protection in the suburbs.
What we fondly remember: I only remembered this movie vaguely. Charlie was the real fan.
What was refreshing: Of course, it’s funny, with these three starring. And the whole vibe of the movie is light and relaxed. I guess we were in the mood for something simple, minus stressful action scenes and high drama.
Red flags: There’s some language, and one adult sleepover that is implied but not shown.
Kids’ Review: The older boys (now 14 and 12) enjoyed it, though they were lukewarm about the humor. (It’s more subtle than most Steve Martin movies.) The content was fine for Toby (age 8), but he simply couldn’t relate to the plot. Why? In order to understand what was going on, you also have to have a grasp on 1. the Mob and organized crime (what it is) and 2. the witness protection program. We spent a lot of time pausing the movie to explain to Toby how the mobster in the movie had ratted out his friends, and was therefore in witness protection pending a trial he was to testify in. Simple enough if you have some basic understanding of trials and testimony, but completely confusing if you’ve never heard of witness protection, being a ‘snitch’ or organized crime. This was definitely a road block.
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