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Before I Fall

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mix of iffy behavior, strong messages in well-acted YA tale.

Movie PG-13 2017 99 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 15+

Not for tweens!

The trailer for this movie looks like a cross between Mean Girls and Groundhog Day. Since it's rated PG-13 I thought I'd be ok bringing two thirteen year olds to it. It is not a young teen movie! To be fair we only watched the first 15 minutes because I made the girls leave the movie but in that time the little mean girl group discussed sex, condoms, drunkenness on top of the obligatory name calling of the "different" kid and spent a fair amount of time getting a friend ready to lose her virginity! Even if it turns out happy in the end and they make different choices blah blah blah I would never recommend this movie for anyone under 15 or 16.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 11+

The best

A heartbreaking story for ages 11 up. My 11 yr old loved this

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (33):

This well-acted young-adult adaptation explores powerful themes about making second chances count and seeing beyond the superficial to what really matters. Deutch -- looking very similar to her mother, Lea Thompson, circa Some Kind of Wonderful -- does a fabulous job carrying the film. She appears in every scene and has to modify her mood as Sam goes through the stages of grief while dealing with the confusion, anger, and determination of repeating the same day again and again. It's particularly impressive to watch Sam see her friends and family in a new light as she approaches the day with different attitudes -- sometimes abandoning all caution and acting aggressively, other times being sweet to her parents (Jennifer Beals plays her mother) and little sister in a way she hasn't in years.

Director Ry Russo-Young captures the spirit of Oliver's book while smartly making certain aspects a bit more ambiguous. The cast members are all up to the task, particularly Miller as the kind and encouraging Kent, and Sage as ice-queen Lindsay, who knows when to let the subtlest vulnerability show. But it's ultimately Deutch's performance that makes Before I Fall so moving. Her Sam is utterly believable. It takes her a while of repeating Cupid Day to perfect it; once she does, it's a beautiful, bittersweet day.

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