Parents' Guide to

Band Aid

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature indie dramedy isn't always pretty, but it's honest.

Movie R 2017 91 minutes
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Indie actress/screenwriter Lister-Jones makes her directing debut here, and while the characters' frequent arguing makes it a less-than-pretty experience, it's impressively, emotionally real. For a long time, it's difficult to get behind the characters in Band Aid, who are shown at their worst right from the get-go. But eventually their conversations and back-and-forth bickering begin to sound amazingly authentic; each character comes from a place of three-dimensional wants and needs, and no screenwriting shortcuts have been taken.

A highlight, of course, is the music. The songs are simple but extremely effective and sometimes quite powerful thanks to the players' honest performances. Armisen, while very funny here, is the only true oddball. Dave doesn't quite fit with the rest of the characters; he seems more like a Saturday Night Live character than anyone you might know. (His sex-addict character lives with two beautiful women with funny names -- played by Erinn Hayes and Jamie Chung -- whom he says he finds "repulsive.") But he's still quite likable. Bottom line? In the end, Band Aid hits more right notes than it does sour ones.

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