Parents' Guide to

Babyteeth

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Moving coming-of-age dramedy has drugs, addiction, language.

Movie NR 2020 118 minutes
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Shannon Murphy's directorial debut will have you laughing out loud one minute, and the next wiping away a tear as it expertly manages to blend humor with drama. There are no villains in this movie. Nor are there heroes. What Babyteeth does boast is a collection of characters who are all fighting their own battles, even if some are more obvious than others. At the heart of the movie is Milla -- superbly played by Scanlan -- who despite her cancer, maintains the common characteristics that are so prevalent amongst teens. She's at times disobedient, others compassionate, and she's not against breaking the rules. She also does her best not to be defined by her illness, which causes friction with her pill-popping and anxious mother, Anna.

Indeed the idea of putting a label on people is a central theme in the movie. In one scene, after Milla's father, Henry, calls Moses a "drug addict," Milla responds with "Don't pigeonhole him." Just as there's more to Milla than her cancer, as the movie develops, so does Moses. Likewise Milla's parents -- who despite the nice house and money to send Milla to private school -- have their own flaws and demons to overcome. This is a film as layered as the characters that inhabit it and subsequently feels realistic, truthful, and strangely reassuring.

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