Kid reviews for The Squid and the Whale

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Common Sense says

age 17+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

age 15+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 15+

If you've been through a divorce, definately worth watching

Very good movie about a difficult topic. The very frank sexual discussions may make watching this uncomfortable for some.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

The Squid and the Whale Review

“The Squid and the Whale” is a metaphor for divorce. The title refers to an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, in which a model whale and giant squid are entangled with each other, engaged in a wordless, motionless struggle. Noah Baumbach directs this very personal film, which is, to a certain extent, biographical. The plot follows a family living in the suburbs that’s dysfunctional in every sense of the word, with a narcissistic father, fed-up mother, and misguided pair of brothers who separate and try to find hope despite pain. The writing and acting are both superb. Jesse Eisenberg gives a great performance as the sullen and angry Walt, while his younger brother is just as good as an innocent boy who grows up too fast. Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels are also terrific as the divorcing parents in the film. (Content-wise: there are no good role models, extremely offensive language, sexual acts concerning children, and "questionable" behavior all taking place throughout). The movie is rough, but has a very important, moving message that people need to hear.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing