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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
David learns to let go of the past and embrace the present. In the process, he's able to forgive his father for a perceived slight, allowing the two of them to bond over the tragic untimely death of David's mother.
Positive Role Models
Though David and his pals "borrow" a friend's car without permission, and he tries to abscond with some expensive photography gear from school, the group is still well-intentioned and ultimately they endeavor to do the right thing. David also realizes that he's made some poor decisions, and finds a way to make things right.
Violence & Scariness
One scene features a wounded animal who must be put out of its misery, complete with some graphic sound effects.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two teens flirt, and eventually share a sweet kiss. A scene very briefly shows a woman's breast. One teen character constantly talks about sex, often with crude references.
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Quite a lot of swearing, including "bulls--t," "---hole," "bitch," "d--k," "c--k," "slut," " p---y," "hell" and one use of "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine at dinner and at a wedding. Some drug references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Birder's Guide to Everything is a coming-of-age film with a little bit of sexuality and lots of strong and crude language. Though there's plenty of humor in the movie, the untimely death of the central teen boy's mother is a theme that runs throughout, adding some sadness and grief to the story. There's some very mild flirting and a quick peek at a woman's breast, plus a few drug references. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The movie is heartwarming and charming, if un-energetic, with a cast of mostly likeable people struggling with real issues. David's birding provides him a connection to his mother, whom he misses very much -- a story line that's rich in material to explore.
If only it weren't eclipsed by the quest for the bird. Though presented as a grand adventure, it provides little actual conflict (save for a few red herrings thrown in), and takes up a good portion of the film without advancing the story much. Little happens in this film, and it feels slower than it's breezy 86 minutes. The ending is touching, but isn't especially surprising, and even potential conflicts that are loudly foreshadowed (will David lose the wedding rings?!) amount to nothing. Birder's Guide has its heart in the right place, but doesn't soar.
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