The Virgin Suicides

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Intense movie about teen suicide; violence, sex.

R 2000 97 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 14+

14 and up!

I watched this movie when I was 14. I understood it, and why the characters had done it, and the negative affects of the strictness of the parents. I would say MATURE 14 year olds can watch this. There's a brief sex scene, and one of the girls becomes a sex addict. There's lots of conversations to have while watching this movie, and the book is great too. The stories really important, but make sure your child knows what big a deal suicide is, rather than how some people might glamorize it.

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age 17+

Haunting and complex

Haunting...yes...stylized...yes...Sofia Coppola succeeds in creating a film that centers male gaze as the plot device and showcases adolescence in its cold complexity. There are no definitive answers in the film, no satisfying plot developments, just questions and more questions as we bear witness and are still left in the dark, or blinded by the light emanating from this film.

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