Parents' Guide to

Call Me by Your Name

By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Strong sexual content, adult themes in gay romance.

Movie R 2017 132 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 16+

A film about first love.

Touching, moving, soft, and desperate like first love. The first love of two beautiful people that society cannot yet hold, but that the world supports. Feeling the most alive in the presence of someone else and the supporting family that surrounds them. Although it may seem too fantastical it is important to have a dream, a world you wish would hold you and love you so that you can love another.
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age 13+

Absolutley breathtaking

This movie takes you through a whirlwind of emotions. It displays an accurate depiction of a young boy finding himself, and discovering who he truly is. It is different from similar movies because it is not your average 'happily ever after' ending. It is realistic and is supposed to take the viewer back to their first love/heartbreak, which is why it is so emotional. Although there are some sexual scenes, if you child is mature then they should be fine. The only nudity is breasts and male butt from behind. But, the sexual scenes actually play a huge significance in the film and are professionally done. Overall outstanding movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33):
Kids say (159):

This romantic drama is more fully and convincingly realized than most cinematic love stories in recent memory. Call Me by Your Name captures that affliction that so many of us have suffered: crazed, unreasonable first passion. The story happens to be about two men, but that's only a detail in this beautiful film in which every element feels as vivid as the lovers' drive for each other. Director Luca Guadagnino richly captures a sense of place, whether in the bright sunshine of an Italian summer or the dying light in one of the house's rooms in early evening. "Vivid" is the word; it all feels as specific as the sharpest recollections of first love: the taste of the fruit that season, the Psychedelic Furs music they dance to at the club, the flashes of weird, inexplicable behavior. That the characters' passion is presumably forbidden (Elio is an older teen, while Oliver is an impossibly perfect grad student in his early 20s) only makes it more potent for those under its spell.

As Elio, Chalamet exudes star quality. The role is demanding: Elio is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who's highly articulate and possesses a kind of unsure charm. That's a lot, and Chalamet delivers it all while losing himself in an unexpected emotional rollercoaster. Hammer, meanwhile, is cast as an all-American golden boy who's all confidence and ease. His Oliver is good at everything, but when he finally tips his hand romantically, he has endearing moments of vulnerability. And everyone should be so lucky to have parents as interesting and understanding as those played by Almira Casar and Stuhlbarg. The dialogue, while highly intelligent, stays emotionally understated until the relationship blossoms, containing itself in all-subtext scenes like a wonderfully choreographed confession staged around a statue in a public square. There does seem to be a moral to this story, expressed in a simple, lovely scene in which Elio's father comforts his son. In celebrating the irreplaceable glory of love in the face of the agony of loss, his father says, "To make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything ... what a waste."

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