Parents' Guide to

Before Sunset

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Charming, talky romance for older teens and adults.

Movie R 2004 80 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

It's official: Richard Linklater is one of my top 10 favorite directors of all time!

Having seen this film and its predecessor, I can say that they are so entertaining and engaging to be true. That's the only thing that's not realistic about them! Can't wait to see the last entry in this incredible trilogy! (8.5/10)

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

worst Ethan hawke movie everrrrt

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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There is still a powerful connection between Jesse and Celine and it still makes a powerful connection with the audience. Though they talk about big issues -- relationships, finding meaning in life, God, sex, regrets, romance vs. cynicism -- their insights are not especially fresh or well-expressed. But Hawke and Delpy understand the rhythms of conversations between two people who use words less to enlighten than to draw each other closer, words for flirtation and seduction, rapturously romantic. Sometimes they use what they say to hide. Often they say something teasing or slightly askew to get a laugh and to protect themselves from risking too much openness. But sometimes it is to reveal.

Because they helped to develop and co-wrote the script for Before Sunset, Hawke and Delpy inhabit the characters fully, with performances of great sensitivity and vulnerability. We are pulled toward them as they are pulled toward each other. They don't have the buoyant optimism of their first meeting. They are both a bit more fragile, but that means they are more aware of the preciousness and importance of what they hope to find in each other.

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