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Around the Sun

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Quirky romantic drama has some cursing.

Movie NR 2020 78 minutes
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This is a unique film, peculiarly likable, but never answering the reasonable question "Why was this made?" Other questions include, "Why did Around the Sun start at least three different times, with different, confusing, and contradictory dialogue and circumstances each time?" We are left to wonder if anything we experience is real, or if everything is random and unfixed. Was there a pregnancy test? Is he married or divorced? Is he a movie location scout, or a tech guy looking for new headquarters? Or is he a 17th century French philosopher and mathematician? This deliberate uncertainty approach references the physicist Heisenberg's principle, but otherwise just makes the narrative unnecessarily confusing.

Although it feels good to know that people are still making thought-provoking movies, and even though the stimulating conversations cover both our understanding of Copernican astronomy and why we need love, dramatically we are never really invited into this story deeply enough to enjoy it. Still, the right teen will find lots to ponder and discuss here.

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