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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It takes maturity to feel empathy and understand others.
Positive Role Models
Feeling justified in her anger and self pity, a girl is strong enough and smart enough to accept what happened to her and her mother.
Violence & Scariness
A teenager rages at her father and runs away. She darts across a highway, is hit by a passing car, and put into a coma. A pregnant woman is diagnosed with incurable cancer. A cancer sufferer coughs up blood on her white dress. A pregnant woman sees blood on her pants.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A 40-year-old man picks up a drunk 18-year-old and takes her to a bar with the hope of having sex with her, until he realizes that she's the daughter of a friend.
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"F--k," "s--t," "t-ts," "piss," "bastard," "crap," "dickhead," and "balls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 18 Presents, in Italian with English subtitles, is a highly emotional story about the trauma experienced by a young girl whose mother died giving birth to her. Understandable teenage angst and anger are on display, but empathy for her mother's plight and the efforts her father made after his wife's death grow as the girl learns more of the backstory that led to the fateful day of her birth. Language includes "f--k," "s--t" and "t-ts." An older man picks up a teenage hitchhiker, hoping to have sex, but realizes she's the daughter of a friend and nothing happens. A teen smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol. A character darts across a highway, is hit by a passing car, and put into a coma. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film achieves a difficult goal, creating a plausible alternate reality that fosters empathy in a self pitying teen. Meeting your own dead mother can do that. The dream that intercuts through the film is so real and believable that it ultimately affects the dead mother, too. Fantasy and real-life are skillfully intertwined, as Elisa is the driver who hits Anna, and that accident triggers the dream that brings the exasperating, drunken teen into the life of a pregnant cancer patient. Plus, Elisa has just received the diagnosis, so she has a lot on her mind, yet miserable as she is, she's still kind enough to bring the injured girl to her home for first aid.
To 18 Presents' credit, Elisa is no saintly maternal figure -- she's irritable, short-tempered, and distracted, and Anna's lying and evasiveness annoy the older woman. In the early minutes of the dream sequence, the audience can't help but wonder where this overlap of past and present can possibly lead, but the stories are neatly dovetailed as the story ends.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.