Parents' Guide to

Alex Strangelove

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Comedy with heart about teen sexuality; language, drinking.

Movie NR 2018 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Not for kids

age 13+

Good LGBTQ+ movie!

an amazing and fun lgbtq comedy! It agnolages more than two sexualities which is nice but has some problematic charechters (uses slurs like f*g) though they are delt with well. Definetly would reccomend

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Some genuinely funny scenes and predicaments, bright teen characters, and a kind-hearted look at a boy's acceptance of his sexual orientation make this timely film highly enjoyable. An added plus is that the young actors are all very relatable and give earnest, skilled performances. Though writer/director Craig Johnson doesn't avoid some obvious stereotyping (i.e., the drama club party), it's all fun and purposefully over-the-top, as is the constant profanity. Johnson embellishes Alex Strangelove with some quirky animations, flashbacks, and exaggerated tricks-of-the-trade (the gummy worms are unforgettable) that are fine, if sometimes bit too precious. And perhaps Johnson meant to leave the college application subplot unresolved, but it was missed. On a most positive note, the resolution is a lovely exercise in wish fulfillment -- if only it were that easy. Teens will laugh, and it sends a solid message.

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