Daisy Winters

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Strong tween character in otherwise bland drama.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A tween girl takes control of her own situation and destiny, but doing so involves a very iffy (and probably illegal) plan, as well as keeping secrets and lying, so it doesn't really balance out. There's a hint that she could face consequences, but the takeaway is that everything is going to be just fine. Deals with the impact of parental loss.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite her desperate, wildly miscalculated acts, Daisy is smart, kind, strong-willed, and good-hearted. She stands up for friends and shows empathy, but she's also quick to judge. She makes mistakes, but she acknowledges them. But she doesn't really face consequences for a rather enormous (and probably illegal) action.


A key character dies of cancer; her pale corpse is shown in several scenes. Another major character helps bury her, in secret, in her front yard. Suicide by pills is discussed. Cancer is discussed. A minor character dies (off screen). Main character breaks her arm.


A blow-up sex doll, complete with naked breasts, is shown. Characters discuss a one-time extramarital affair that resulted in an illegitimate child. Kids find a copy of Playpen magazine; nothing is shown.


A use of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t." Also "bitch," "twit," "goddamn" are used at least once each.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An older character gives a pot brownie to an 11-year-old. "Drugs" (generic term) mentioned by kids.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Daisy Winters is a drama about an 11-year-old girl (Sterling Jerins) dealing with her mother dying of cancer. Both death and cancer are discussed, and a pale dead body is shown. Suicide by pills is also mentioned. The main character makes an iffy choice in choosing to cover up her mother's death and bury her in the front yard. She also breaks her arm, falling from her bike. Brief language includes use of "f--k," a few uses of "s--t," and single uses of "bitch," "goddamn," etc. A blow-up sex doll (complete with naked breasts) is shown, and characters talk about an extramarital affair that resulted in a child. Kids read a copy of Playpen magazine, but nothing is shown. An older character unwisely gives a pot brownie to an 11-year-old girl, and drugs are mentioned elsewhere.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYesyesyesno September 21, 2020

Definitely ok for 10+

This is a really good tween rated movie. Love it so much definitely fun to watch
Teen, 13 years old Written byTeenwholovesmovies December 7, 2017

What I Think About Daisy Winters

I absolutely LOVED the film, it discusses many different issues and you should definetly see it when it’s out on a dvd... It has some aspects that people might... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DAISY WINTERS, 11-year-old Daisy (Sterling Jerins) has a close relationship with her mother, Sandy (Brooke Shields). Daisy's father is a mystery that Sandy has never told her about, and it's always been just the two of them. Sadly, Sandy has cancer, and it seems to be a losing battle. If Sandy dies, Daisy will be sent to live with her strict, religious Aunt Margaret (Carrie Preston). Meanwhile, Daisy and her best friend, Jackson (Nick Gore), are fascinated with their neighbors, especially a sad man who commits suicide and a recluse who stays locked inside all the time. Daisy also meets a new kid, Josh (Kyle Red Silverstein), and his cool, motorcycle-riding dad (Paul Blackthorne). One day, while exploring the neighborhood, Daisy gets an unconventional idea that will let her stay put should the worst come to pass.

Is it any good?

This drama is under-directed to the point of being alternately lifeless and awkward, but the main character has an appealing spunkiness that sometimes elevates the film. Daisy Winters is like a mash-up of an after-school special, a straight-to-video weepie, and a disturbing psychological portrait. But director Beth LaMure can't seem to establish much of a tone for any of these angles; everything is filmed in the most tiresomely basic way imaginable. Most scenes start on cue, with a character entering a room, a knock at the door, or a phone ringing, as if they were all practice exercises in Filmmaking 101.

When the unthinkable moment happens, it's handled with such odd detachment that it's almost shocking. Perhaps even worse is a soundtrack full of navel-gazing, mediocre pop music. The seasoned actors have a hard time with their thin characters, especially Preston, who doesn't seem to get where her Margaret is coming from. The younger actors are even stiffer, although Jerins, a veteran of movies like World War Z, The Conjuring 2, and Paterson, occasionally bursts to life with moments of thoughtful intuition; she makes Daisy a character who deserved a stronger, more daring movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Daisy Winters depicts death and parental loss. How does Daisy handle her mother's death? Were her actions appropriate? Should there have been more consequences?

  • Is Daisy a likable character? Is she a role model for tweens? What are her positive qualities? What mistakes does she make? Does she learn from them?

  • The movie touches on sex by means of a blow-up doll and a magazine. How are these things related? How might young kids view these things? How else is sex discussed in the movie?

  • Why do you think the man gives Daisy a pot brownie? Were his intentions good? Does that matter?

Movie details

  • In theaters: December 1, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: October 1, 2019
  • Cast: Brooke Shields, Carrie Preston, Sterling Jerins
  • Director: Beth LaMure
  • Studio: Hannover House
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic content including some drug material, brief strong language and some suggestive images
  • Last updated: September 30, 2019

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