A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Many good things start with a conversation.
Positive Role Models
Two people are unusually frank with each other upon first meeting, thus seeming a bit odd, but also fearless.
Violence & Scariness
A man recalls his father's descent into alcoholism. A woman describes a disappointing relationship.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two strangers are clearly attracted to each other when they first meet.
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"F--k," "s--t," and "d--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol. Alcoholism of a family member is discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Around the Sun is in essence a conversation between a real estate agent and a man who may be a movie location scout, or something else entirely, as they meet presumably to tour a Normandy chateau falling into disrepair. Their far-flung discussions include a shared enthusiasm for an obscure old philosophy book as well as tales of failed relationships and the place of humans in the universe. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t," and adults drink alcohol. A man recalls his father's descent into alcoholism. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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