A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Celebrates youth, spontaneity, romance, adventure, and explores themes of honesty, identity, commitment all in a very intellectual way. A major theme is communication.
Positive Role Models
Both characters are flawed, but real and generally "good." Both seem hesitant or cynical at times, and are not always honest with each other initially. But both are also smart, thoughtful, and interesting people.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of frank discussion of sex and love, with some kissing, and the implication of sex.
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Some casual swearing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some casual drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Before Sunrise's straightforwardness is bound to make its ideas about sex, romance, and religion convincing to a late-teen audience in search of answers for life's toughest questions. Sex, however, is only implied and is dealt with in a very serious, respectful manner. There's a bit of language, and not much action, so teens who are looking for a shoot 'em up movie will be sorely disappointed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's the commitment the film makes to the two main characters, and their budding relationship that makes the film so completely enthralling. More than most films, Before Sunrise depends upon the likeability of these characters.
Flaws are included, the disagreements between the couple as essential to establishing the realism that sets the film apart as the intimate connections they make. They hide their vulnerability behind humor and try to talk their way out of the sadness of saying goodbye. Director Richard Linklater's style is appealingly unobtrusive. He lingers on scenes when another director would've cut away, allowing the dialogue and the actors to speak for themselves.
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