Parents' Guide to

6 Balloons

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Raw look at heartbreaking effects of addiction; drug use.

Movie NR 2018 75 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

It is exactly what it is about

Whole this movie depicts drug use (the whole point of the movie ) it is very realistic. There is a scene where a women is in her bra and panties as well as visuals of a man whiling his butt after he has bowl issues from withdraws. Nothing explicit shown in this scene. Lots of swearing
age 16+

6 Balloons

I avoided this movie on Netflix for quite sometime but after watching it I really wish I haven’t. As some one who’s been through many situations in life without getting too specific this movie really hit home. I recommend this to 16 and up because of how powerful it is. I knew many addicts when I was a teenager and this movie hit a home run when describing the mental state of those sober and intoxicated. Many teens think drugs are something they can do and bounce back but unfortunately that is not always the case especially when digging deeper and deeper into that rabbit hole. The withdrawal scenes boosted my anxiety and were making my skin crawl because of how accurate the recreation of those scenes were. I will not spoil the movie but this is a great watch that leaves you with a bitter sweet taste in your mouth. Be warned it is neither a happy or sad ending.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

There aren't too many new ways of putting drug addiction under a filmed microscope, but writer-director Marja-Lewis Ryan has created an original, affecting drama that will both disturb and inspire. Relying on a singularly restrained yet powerful performance from Jacobson, best known for her in-your-face comedy on Broad City (which she co-created), Ryan tells an intimate, shattering tale. Franco delivers in the role of the desperate, self-destructive brother with so much at stake, and toddler twins Charlotte and Madeline Carel as Ella don't act; they simply break your heart. Some may find Ryan's inclusion of a self-help audio tape distracting or artificial, but it builds confidently and proves to be a wise, even audacious choice.

6 Balloons is a short film -- 75 minutes -- but tellingly, first-timer Ryan realized there was no need to give the characters any overt backstory. Job history, old grievances, and Seth's marital trials simply don't matter. What's clear is that Katie has been through this ordeal of "saving" her brother over and over again. What's less clear is whether or not Seth will ultimately take responsibility and be able to save himself. And that's a truth this thoughtful film doesn't try to answer.

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