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Down to You
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie contains material that they may consider inappropriate, including several explicit sexual references that are well into R territory, despite the film's PG-13 rating. For example, the movie opens with one character bragging about his success as a porno star and then making a bet with another character about whether he can find a girl who will have sex with him that night. He does, and then freaks out because she does something in bed that he has not previously done, as he explains, in tears, to the leading man. All of this occurs in the first ten minutes. The main couple's less than completely successful first sexual encounter is shown. A character attempts suicide over a broken heart, a serious issue poorly handled. Furthermore, the characters, college students for most of the story, drink and smoke constantly and use drugs. A character drives while drunk and crashes the car.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Teenagers, especially teenage girls, may want to see this movie, a passable romantic comedy starring teen dreams Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Julia Styles. Somewhere, there is a sweet story about two college kids who fall in love and find more than they are able to handle. The movie shows us that they get into trouble for trying to take on an adult relationship without the emotional maturity it requires. They break up because they are not capable of talking to each other honestly about their fears. When they have a pregnancy scare, they realize that they are not prepared for the consequences of their actions. Desperate for a separation to give her space to grow up, the girl breaks up with the boy the only way she can think of -- by having sex with someone else.
Talk to your kids about ...
- In theaters: January 21, 2000
- On DVD or streaming: July 11, 2000
- Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Julia Stiles, Selma Blair
- Director: Kris Isacsson
- Studio: Miramax
- Genre: Drama
- Run time: 91 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: mature thematic material, sexual content, language, drug and alcohol use
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