Parents' Guide to

Changeland

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Language, drinking in touching friendship dramedy.

Movie NR 2019 87 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

True friends will go the distance to help each other...

Lived in Thailand and believe they nailed the atmosphere and personalities. Their interaction(s) with monks at temples is truly how it is and as shown - borders on magical and fulfilling. Also suffered divorce/family breakup and think Seth Green did a great job at projecting such angst while wrestling with his decision to fight for his broken relationship or let it go. The friends dynamic was well written and acted - in fact all acting in this movie was stellar. All drinking and sexual content was integral to the story with not one gratuitous reference or scene. Loved the movie (obviously) and have recommended it to all my friends and my (grown) children. BTW - Randy O. (Martin in the movie) does a wonderful job in characterizing the (all too few) natural Shamans we pass by daily that are only recognized by like souls or those they help. Kudos to Seth Green and all that participated in the bringing of this fabulous movie to my home theater screen.
age 14+

Affectionate movie!

I loved this movie! It was really good and a bit funny. I knew at once I fell in love with in in after a 30 minutes into it! It had me laughing and crying. Some language. Should be rated PG-13: language and some suggestive contents.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Marking Green's feature writing and directing debut, this endearing dramedy explores its relaxing, lush visuals while contemplating an inert, introverted, but surprisingly relatable character. Many movies have been made about men who rediscover their humanity during a trip -- and/or thanks to outgoing friends -- but Changeland feels uncommonly honest, perhaps even brave. Green rolls the dice on a character who's indecisive and morose, and begins the movie staring into the middle distance as he makes his way to the airport. But Green's performance and filmmaking make Brandon feel three-dimensional.

At the same time, Meyer plays one of those characters who always seem to know what to say and do and yet also seem totally human. (Over the course of the movie, he examines some of his own hurts.) Perhaps the secret is that Green never overreaches. Like the serene camerawork that drinks in the scenery, the screenplay takes its time and lets feelings flow in natural-sounding dialogue. The movie's other secret is the delightful supporting cast; in a weaker film, they would seem like plot gimmicks, but here they all quickly and comfortably establish themselves as flawed, likable humans. Changeland is that rarity in independent cinema: a movie that eschews "quirkiness" for honesty.

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