A Whisker Away

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Lovely coming-of-age anime explores identity, first crushes.

NR 2020 104 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 12+

A great film about an autistic protagonist and for cat lovers

What’s the most memorable about the film is how Miyo (Muge) has autistic symptoms. She’s hyperactive, impulsive, unaware of danger, stims, doesn’t understand personal space, sensitive, and loud at times. There are people that told me that Miyo is just being immature or a normal 13 year old. Personally, it doesn’t stop me of believing she’s autistic. However, there is this one scene where Miyo was an elementary student as she threw her shoes at two boys for bullying another girl. Also, there is a few swearing in that film.
1 person found this helpful.
age 7+
Mr 7 really enjoyed this movie. I wasn't sure if he'd like it because a major part of the storyline is romance, but he was really entertained by the magic, the mask seller, the toilet humour and the hidden tree. It had him asking some thoughtful questions about parents and divorce too. It's helped him understand what one of his friends is going through a little better. He's asked to watch it again several times.

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