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Before We Go

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Charming actors can't save tepid relationship drama.

Movie PG-13 2015 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+


This movie was great, the message was awesome 👌 the sad part was when she doesn't want to stay with him 😢

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

No action but a lot of heart

A movie about human connection and what it can mean. I really enjoyed this movie but it's not of interest to kids.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

As the story progresses, it's obvious that Nick and Brooke have chemistry, but their openness and intimacy aren't enough to make the movie as compelling as other "romance in one night" stories. The standard-bearer, of course, is Before Sunrise, but there's also the fun, adventuresome Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Sure, Before We Go is set in New York and stars attractive, charming actors, but it's not romantic enough to make the build-up to the "will they or won't they?" matter.

Nick and Brooke are both stuck, and while it becomes clearer why Nick isn't going to the reception where he's expected -- and why Brooke must return home by the morning -- it doesn't really become clearer whether they're meant to start something based on this one night. The romance takes a back seat to the friendship they strike, each providing the confidant and voice of reason the other needs to move forward. There aren't many supporting actors or funny scenes, although it is kind of cute when the two duet on "My Funny Valentine" -- the one standard Brooke told Nick she knew by heart. An uneven story about two adults in need of connection and a push to get past their fears, Before We Go may not be memorable, but at least the actors are good.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 4, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: November 3, 2015
  • Cast: Chris Evans , Alice Eve , Emma Fitzpatrick
  • Director: Chris Evans
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Radius TWC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: brief strong language and some suggestive content
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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