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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Suicide, gunfight, characters killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, scene in a bar, drug references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong language and scenes of cartoon violence, including a shoot-out and a self-immolation. Some teens may be upset by the discussions of death. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
People will react very strongly to this movie – they will either love it or hate it. Those who will enjoy it are people who have a lot of tolerance for all-night college dorm discussions of the meaning of life, because this entire movie is a series of monologues and dialogues that are variations on that theme. The animation here offers an extraordinary sense of documentary, even hyper-reality from the ambient noise of the audio and the fact that many of the monologues are delivered by people who are not actors. At times, shapes shift to reflect the discussion.
The monologues themselves are like jazz improvisations, wildly playful, bringing in an astonishing assortment of references and concepts. I think the secret to enjoying this movie is not to engage too much with the individual arguments and points of view but just to allow your ears and spirit to enjoy the fact that there are people who feel passionately about these ideas and who are willing to talk about them to other people with an openness I find humbling and touching. The people who want "real human moments," or "holy moments" of genuine connection come across as authentically vulnerable. Of course, other characters come across as people who talk all the time and barely notice if anyone is listening, but most of the people Wiggins meets want to help him in their own way.
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