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Parents' Guide to

Another Earth

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Downbeat indie drama with sci-fi angle has mature themes.

Movie PG-13 2011 92 minutes
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age 15+

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age 15+

2.5 stars? Better for Adults

I would caution parents that this film is really for adults or mature teenagers. Although the film does serve as a strong caution against drunk driving,the gruesome car crash, sex, and attempted suicide may be too much for some young people. As the other review here mentions, the characters never make it to "another earth", but the ideas presented are somewhat interesting (if a parallel earth existed, what would it be like to meet yourself? what would you say? would you even recognize yourself? what are the implications for the two earths if the citizens meet? etc.) If you're letting your kids watch it, be ready to answer a lot of questions.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Marling and director Mike Cahill teamed up to write this screenplay, cleverly weaving a science-fiction element -- the concept of an alternate earth -- into the drama. That idea works beautifully, and it adds new layers of questions about who we are, our destiny, etc. This is most welcome, since the movie's main plot is pretty creaky. Like the laziest of Hollywood romantic comedies, it's based on the stretching of a lie. (Rhoda must convince John that she's just a cleaning lady rather than the driver who killed his family.)

Overall, the film's genuinely touching side overpowers the hackneyed stuff. Aside from the lofty, thoughtful subtext surrounding the drama, Cahill and Marling zoom in for a nicely focused set of characters and performances. Marling is in nearly every shot, and she's magnetic, conveying a lifetime's worth of hurt and beauty. Likewise, Kumar Pallana -- best known for his supporting roles in Wes Anderson's films -- provides some small, lovely, thoughtful moments.

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