American Honey

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Very mature coming-of-age story is harsh but lovely.

R 2016 163 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 17+

Tender, terrible, and taut film about being young, poor, and wandering

This film feels indulgent at times, but it just takes its time allowing you into the world of the film and into the complex workings of the characters, especially Star's. She is the star of the journey and of the film. The sex scenes feel real, and by that I do not mean that it seems like they are having sex, but rather Arnold is able to capture the feeling and emotion around what it means and feels like when you have sex with your first love...a tough task. The film is engrossing as the US landscape is the other character that we get to know, and the systemic poverty that permeates the entire film. The poverty ebbs and flows, but never wanes.
age 18+

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 30, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: December 27, 2016
  • Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, Sasha Lane
  • Director: Andrea Arnold
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 163 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse-all involving teens
  • Last updated: July 1, 2022

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