A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Life is short and takes many unexpected turns, so don't be afraid to take chances sometimes. Live life and have all the experiences it has to offer. Don't cut yourself off from pursuing your interests and the things that make you happy.
Positive Role Models
Max and Wally model a close, loving, father-daughter relationship. In spite of occasional quarrels, the love they have for each other is never in doubt. Although they don't always tell each other everything, they model open and honest communication when it comes to their feelings and opinions.
Wally's father, Max, is Asian American and her mother is Black. Secondary and minor characters have a wide range of skin colors. Issues surrounding diversity and inclusion aren't acknowledged or talked about by the characters. Two minor characters are in a same-sex romantic relationship.
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Violence & Scariness
A fistfight with a punch in the face and struggling against each other on the floor. Minor bruising on the face is shown. Brief but graphic footage of surgery shows some blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nonsexual, full-frontal nudity of both male and female bodies is played for comedy when characters go to a beach they didn't know was "clothing optional." Adults in bed under covers thrust and kiss once. Teens kiss and make out several times; once they take off their shirts, but no sensitive body parts are shown. A minor character normalizes texting "nip picks," and a boy pressures a girl to send him nude pictures, but she doesn't.
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"F--k off," "d--k," "ass," "a--hole," and "rat bastard." Adults refer to "booty calls" several times.
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Products & Purchases
Main characters drive an older model Jeep Wagoneer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink shots and beer at a few parties, including doing keg stands at one. Adults drink at bars and social gatherings. An adult takes unspecified pills for chronic pain, says he's going to take a sleeping pill and go to bed. A few brief scenes show adults smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Don't Make Me Go is a drama about a father and daughter bonding on a road trip across the country. Nonsexual, full-frontal nudity of both men and women is played for comedy at a clothing optional beach. Adults thrust and kiss under covers in bed once, and teens kiss and make out a few times, once removing shirts. No sensitive body parts are shown. An important character dies; grief and a funeral are shown. Strong language includes "f--k," "d--k," and "a--hole." A fistfight is briefly shown. Teens drink at a few parties, including doing keg stands once, with some excess shown. Adults drink socially; excess isn't shown. An adult mentions taking a sleeping pill once and takes unspecified pills for chronic pain. There are brief instances of adults smoking in passing or in the background. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a quiet drama that's both moving and funny about an emotional journey a father and daughter take together. Don't Make Me Go has some gaps in storytelling, and in understanding or believing the characters' motivations, but Cho as dad Max and Isaac as daughter Wally have some real chemistry together, and both turn in fine performances.
Its many twists and turns, flaws, and strengths will give families with mature teens who can handle the strong content a lot to talk about. It's a bittersweet affirmation of unending love between parent and child. Keep a tissue handy along the way.
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