A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Grief is a powerful force, hard to manage and even harder to let go of. Strong bonds can heal, renew, and provide hope. Advocates dealing with issues and problems rather than internalizing them. Firmly promotes finding the beauty in life's small pleasures and close relationships.
Positive Role Models
Female lead character ultimately learns to cope with grief and take positive steps to move forward. She develops solid communication skills, is compassionate, loyal, and honest. Male main character is loving, smart, and compassionate toward others as he struggles with both internal and external disturbances. Parental figures are commendable, dependable, and use good judgment. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Teen boys fight.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate moments of kissing, embracing, and undressing implies that sex will happen, but there's no nudity or overt sexual activity. Teens swim in underwear.
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Profanity includes: "s--t," "pissed," "a--hole," and multiple uses of "f--k." Insults, including many uses of "freak."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen admits that he's "high." At a party, it appears that underage high school students are drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All the Bright Places is the film adaptation of the popular, highly respected YA book by Jennifer Niven (who also cowrote the script). Two fragile teens -- one still hurting from a devastating loss, the other struggling with both internal and external upheaval -- meet, fall in love, and attempt to help one another heal. There are painful and sad moments in which grief, depression, and other mental disorders are core elements of the story. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and insults. A teen couple swims in underwear, kisses, and embraces in gentle foreplay, but there's no nudity or overt sexual activity. A boy admits to being "high" in one school scene; underage kids drink at a party. Two boys engage in a fist fight. This film, a sensitive, often intense emotional rite of passage, is best suited for teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Two talented young actors bring emotional depth to a movie that seeks to enlighten audiences about an increasingly complex and fragile teen world. All the Bright Places asserts that teen romcoms, while fun and distracting, aren't the only movies that matter to young audiences. Though the issues considered are familiar ones (grief, mental illness, bullying), the movie has original multidimensional characters and is both graceful and moving. Fans of the book may miss the back-and-forth of two narratives (Violet's and Finch's voices) telling the story, but director Brett Haley does a solid job of balancing the film's points of view.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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