Parents' Guide to

All the Freckles in the World

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Quirky, enjoyable coming-of-age comedy; some swearing.

Movie NR 2020 91 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Pass

I was hoping there would be some redemption to the storyline but it was just overall disappointing. The way the main character treated the girls in the movie was not how I would ever want my own child to treat any girl ever. I understand that it is a coming of age movie and that the character is a kid but to treat a girl like property to be "won" was so sad and an outdated premise. Especially after all of his manipulative and selfish behavior. I was waiting for the positive message or moment of clarity but it never came. Also, the relationship between the 19 year old student and teacher was so inappropriate and confusing. I thought there would be consequences or that it would somehow tie into the storyline but it was just a confusing and disturbing part of the plot that was irrelevant and unnecessary.
age 15+

Weird and annoying

We kept watching, thinking it might get better. It didn't. I can't imagine anyone enjoying it, and do not recommend it. On Netflix, it's dubbed into English, with f-words.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Co-writer/director Yibran Asuad of Mexico brings freshness and charm to a familiar underdog story; the vibrant, young Hanssel Casillas helps him sell it. In fact, most of the young actors in All the Freckles in the World deliver authentic, assured performances. Asuad takes the risk of making his "hero" terrifically flawed but ultimately loveable nonetheless. The movie's wry humor should appeal to teens; what happens to Jose and his friends is universally funny and relatable, with some exceptions.

The attempted "amusing" mini-plot about a teacher using a 19-year-old boy, struggling in school several years behind his grade level, as a sexual object is unnecessary and creepily out of step with the rest of the plot. Along with that, the stereotypes (gung-ho teacher, mean-spirited teacher, overweight non-athlete) don't elevate the material. Otherwise, it's an upbeat, original, contemporary movie. For U.S. audiences, seeing recognizable and relatable teen behavior in a Mexican secondary school is a plus, too.

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