Parents' Guide to

Anywhere but Here

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Solid story of independence for teens.

Movie PG-13 1999 114 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN AGAINST JESUS

Really inappropriate!! This is NOT a Christian movie!!!! THERE IS SEX!
age 10+

Cute

A mother and daughter movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

ANYWHERE BUT HERE does a good job of portraying adolescence from both the teen's and the parent's perspectives. It's a stage of life that begins with an avalanche of mortifying self-awareness: All of a sudden, everything is embarrassing, especially parents, in whose eyes teens can see their past more easily than their future. Adele's relish for more than she can find in Wisconsin is unsettling to Anne. Adele says, "I wish someone had kidnapped me back when I was your age," and Ann responds, "So do I!"

Throughout the movie, Ann and Adele do a sort of relationship minuet, stepping toward each other, and then away. Ann imitates Adele in an acting audition, and Adele sees that she appears self-deluding and foolish to her daughter. Adele often acts more like Ann's sister or even daughter than her mother. But when she needs to be the adult, to make the sacrifices necessary to help her child, she comes through.

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