A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Use your time well. It's never a waste to love someone.
Positive Role Models
Sara is proud and courageous, but also afraid to announce her situation for fear of rejection. Lorenzo is loyal and supportive. Their parents learn a lot about how to help their kids.
Violence & Scariness
Sick kids and teens succumb to their illnesses. Someone suffers cardiac circulatory collapse and requires oxygen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two teens kiss. It's implied they have sex, but it's offscreen.
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"Bitch" and "bastard." A 10-year-old gives someone the finger.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes and drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Caught by a Wave is a tear-jerking teen love story featuring two attractive and likable characters who must cope with a possibly terminal health issue, in the vein of Everything Everything and The Fault in Our Stars. This one is in Italian, with English subtitles, and involves sailing races along Italy's scenic coastline. Language includes "bitch" and "bastard." The teens kiss and it's clear they've had sex, but it's all handled off-screen. Characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and deal with loss. Sick kids and teens succumb to their illnesses. Someone suffers cardiac circulatory collapse and requires oxygen. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With two attractive leads as star-crossed lovers, this story goes down easy. Concerned parents, dire illness in youth, and first love all combine to make this the kind of story that could appeal to young viewers and also provoke thoughts on mortality and the preciousness of life. Caught by a Wave handles both illness and love with equal sensitivity, comparing favorably with The Fault in Our Stars. Both films may stimulate an awareness of human fragility, something young healthy teens may not otherwise consider.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.