Parents' Guide to

Despite Everything

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Spanish comedy about sisters has language, drugs, sex.

Movie NR 2019 78 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Best movie ever!!

This movie is so much fun, hilarious, inspirational I couldn’t stop laughing i totally recommend it! A total Must watch!
age 18+

Slow and Boring

Way to slow, they go on and on and on over one issue, it's ridiculous! All the men and their prevertedness is so not appealing, nor interesting. It could have been a cute love story, but.. .. nooooooo..... it's unbelievably stupid, too much ignorance, too slow moving, not even interesting! Total waste of time! Garbage!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1):

The movie is a fun what-if that leaves many logic holes through which trucks of skepticism can be driven. At first, Despite Everything follows a Wizard of Oz kind of Yellow Brick Road, with the sisters on their forced quest to find fathers and meeting interesting people and learning about themselves along the way. Although the journey is at times amusing to watch, what's troubling is that the movie never addresses the fact that in response to Pedro's sterility, Carmen didn't just have sex with other men to get pregnant, she also pursued long relationships outside her marriage. The pain this must have caused her husband, especially when she describes one of the biological fathers as the love of her life, had to have been enormous. Instead of hearing about Carmen's clear insensitivity, we hear only the adulation of her former lovers. The unkindness she did to her long-suffering husband certainly seems worth exploring by the daughters who love the man who raised them.

In some ways, this movie seems a prisoner of political correctness and tone deaf to reality. All of Carmen's behavior is depicted approvingly in an atmosphere of extreme privilege and wealth. The well-to-do children are mostly blasé about the mother's adultery, as if viewing Mom as a brave soul who courageously enjoyed sex demonstrates their enlightenment. This raises an issue parents may want to talk about with teens: If a less wealthy wife had done the same, she would at least be judged irresponsible for having unprotected sex with so many partners in an era of rampant STDs.

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