After Yang

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Nuanced, touching futuristic drama about a family's android.

PG 2022 96 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 10+

Perfect for family

A touching discussion about what it meant to be human with a light-hearted style and story

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age 8+

Beautiful, gentle film. Worth seeing in the theater if you can.

Strongly recommended. This is a thoughtful, gentle, kind film. No villains. No violence. No pathological, self-destructive behavior. No alcohol or drugs. No nudity or sex scenes. No aliens, zombies, nazis, terrorists, explosions, giant lizards, flying spandex, superheroes with capes, wizards, witches, etc. There IS death -- or perhaps I should say "death," since it's a robot that crosses the great divide. And there's mystery. And wonder. And discovery. And healing. As in his first film, Columbus, Kogonada is an open-ended storyteller. The film raises big questions but does not lecture or preach. The big questions are there for the viewer to explore: family, belonging, identity, overreliance on technology, what is "human." It is a meditation set within a soft sci-fi framework. And it is a great conversation starter. Adrenaline junkies may find it too quiet and thoughtful. But for people who are not offended by being challenged to think, it is a lovely story with a very powerful twist at the end. After Yang is best seen in the theater. It's a limited release so move quickly if it's in your area; it's the kind of film you will kick yourself for not seeing in the theater if you miss your chance. I rated the film as ok for kids as young as eight. YMMV. Young Emma Malea Tjandrawidjaja was seven years old, about to turn eight, when this was filmed. She is wonderful. I wouldn't be afraid to let kids Malea's age see her performance.

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