A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Emotional tension, sad death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some explicit references, teen sex.
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Most characters swear a lot.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of social drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie deals with parent-teen relationships, sex, and issues of single motherhood. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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