Restless

  • Review Date: September 14, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2011

Common Sense Media says

Story of young, tragic love gets emotional, intense.
  • Review Date: September 14, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2011

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The subject matter is a bummer, but the message is clearly positive: Enjoy your moments here on Earth, because the proverbial clock is ticking. And don't let your past haunt your present.

Positive role models

Annabel is amazingly brave and accepting of her fate despite her young age. Enoch has many hang-ups, but he doesn't really let them get in the way of falling in love.

Violence

In one scene, young adults chase after another to try to get even. There's talk about how one kid beat up another, though viewers don't see the encounter. A supporting character is a kamikaze pilot, and there's some discussion of what their responsibilities entail. There are also some references to seppuku, a ritual suicide involving swords. Brief scenes of carnage from World War II.

Sex

A young couple in love spends the night together in what appears to be their first sexual encounter, but there's no nudity (though she undresses, only her shoulders are visible), and the sex is implied rather than shown. Viewers see them snuggling under a blanket and kissing.

Language

Infrequent use of words including "s--t" and "hell."

Consumerism

Labels/products shown include Mitsubishi, Toyota, M&Ms, Fluffernutter, Red Vines, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A party appears to be rowdy, and there are vague hints about guests being slightly intoxicated.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic indie drama about young, tragic love may well appeal to teens, though it deals candidly and often sadly with illness and death -- which can make it feel heavy and a bit intense at times. There's some swearing (including "s--t"), war imagery/discussion, and kissing/cuddling. It's implied that the two main characters have sex, though nothing graphic is shown, and their relationship is very sweet overall.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Enoch (Henry Hopper) has two unusual hobbies: Talking to the ghost of a World War II kamikaze pilot, Hiroshi (Ryo Kase), and attending strangers' funerals. It's the way he copes after his parents' sudden deaths. His Aunt Mabel (Jane Adams) is raising him, though Enoch barely spends time with her. At a memorial, he spots Annabel (Mia Wasikowska), a warm-hearted woman who's smitten with Charles Darwin and nature and with whom he's quickly smitten. But he soon learns her story, and it's a distressing one: She's terminally ill and must prepare to die. Can she be ready? Can he?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Hopper is a guy to watch. The son of celebrated actor Dennis Hopper, he accesses a wellspring of complicated emotions with a tilt of the head, a quirk of the eyebrow. Perhaps he knew he had to up his game with a co-star like Wasikowska, who flings herself into a sometimes overcooked character whose charm is pushed to twee-ness and saves it -- but only just.

 

Thanks to these two, the emotions behind the movie feel true and relatable. Were it not for a screenplay that's a little too on-the-nose -- Hirsohi's lines, especially -- and the somewhat heavy-handed soundtrack, RESTLESS would be a stronger movie. (Also, the film could have used some grit to ground it in reality.) But alas, it can’t quite rise above its limitations.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the film handles its subject matter. Is it too frank about death? Does it exploit the topic?

  • In the movie, two young people fall in love despite many challenges and appear to have sex. Does the film portray this experience realistically? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values relating to sex and relationships.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 16, 2011
DVD release date:January 24, 2012
Cast:Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase
Director:Gus Van Sant
Studio:Sony Pictures Classics
Genre:Drama
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:thematic elements and brief sensuality

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Parent Written byConcerned Parent 101 February 3, 2012
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17
QUALITY
 

NOT FUNNY LOTS OF SEX

This was awful! My kids screamed at the kissing scenes and it was ultra depressing! Lots of explicit sex and lips touching. A definite no-no, especially for kids like my Lucas. I am concerned.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byNinjatunes February 6, 2012
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

E-nick not e-knock. Also an odd movie

First, let me say that 'Enoch' is NOT pronounced e-knock. It is pronounced e-nick. Anyone who goes to church and/or reads the bible knows this (also, my brothers name is Enoch. There is no other way to pronounce it, really). Second, I think that people should make a movie without feeling thast they have to put sexual behavior in it to make it good. It doesn't make it good, it makes it innapropriate. I did think that they had a nice relationship, but again, it makes me sad. Now, obviously everyone has the right and ability to choose, but if you want your kids to watch it, PLEASE watch it first. You make the decsision.
(Please excuse the bad spelling, I'm sorry)

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovie_Expert February 28, 2014
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13
QUALITY
 

A Bit Iffy

I think it's appropriate for kids aged about 8/9+. The only things inappropriate are the suggestions about the two main characters having sex but there's no graphics and when I watched it with my younger siblings they only thought they were having a kiss, and to be honest that's it looks like. If your worried about this film watch it first and then make a decision

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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