Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 95 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 12+. A child dies, there’s some cursing, lots of adults drinking lots of wine, some teenagers smoking cigarettes (but acknowledging that they should quit), and a couple of scenes in which either a married couple or a boyfriend and girlfriend are lying in bed together. The scene with the unmarried couple in bed together, however, ends in the girl being ashamed and leaving, whereas the married couple eventually reconciles (and there is some suggestion of sexual activity between the married couple, but it’s not presented as a bad thing).
Based on a true story, ‘Louder Than Words’ tells the story of the Fareri family and how they gave back to the community after their youngest daughter unexpectedly died of rabies. David Duchovny anchors the cast, but the film feels too lightweight.
By Roxana Hadadi
You can tell the purpose of “Louder Than Words,” and it’s not a bad one. After their youngest daughter dies from rabies—did you even know that could happen?—the Fareri family decides to change children’s healthcare in their community by building a specialized hospital. It’s a worthy cause, even a noble one. But “Louder Than Words” is too lightweight for its own good, with a Lifetime-movie-like feel that doesn’t fully draw us into the story.