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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Child learns that life goes on after the death of loved ones.
Violence & Scariness
A character dies offscreen from bee stings.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Obscure references to sex and the sexual revolution.
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The "s" word, "ass." One character calls her friend a "retard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reference to lighting a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that death is the main theme of this movie. Vada's mother died while giving birth to her (this is never depicted; only alluded to). A main character dies tragically from bee stings (again, the death is off screen). This sudden, unexpected death is bound to have an emotional impact on impressionable viewers. Divorce is mentioned, and there are a few obtuse references to sex. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Death and single parenthood are never easy topics to talk about with children, and this film deals with them in a mature, responsible way. It encourages kids to talk about their feelings regarding death -- as well as the romantic lives of their parents. If kids are beginning to ask questions about these serious topics, they are old enough to watch this movie with parents.
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