Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Overlong sci-fi comedy has a heavy message, mature content.

R 2017 135 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 13+


The R rating must be for lots of penises on unconscious men undergoing downsizing process. Big deal. This is an excellent movie that smart teens will enjoy. Especially recommended to families who think persons are more important than humanity. Lots to talk about with the kids in that vein, and I wish CM review hadn’t deterred us from letting our 15-yr-old watch it.

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age 15+

A hidden, thought provoking gem

I was so curious to read other adults' reviews of this film, which got panned by so many. I think this film was probably promoted as a typical comedy, which it only half is, and is perhaps why so many were disappointed. In fact, this film is full of clever and interesting ideas, all vying against each other for prominence and for some this may be too distracting. My husband and I were fascinated the whole way through and talked about it for a week afterwards. It poses some very philosophical conundrums and asks questions about our future on this beautiful planet that are not easily answered. It certainly has no traditional "happy ending" but leaves you with hope though. In a way, the film is really about one man's search for meaning and connection after heartbreak and explores how different people pursue this and handle difficult times. It also goes against the current popular trend of mocking the Christian faith which is refreshing, with the lead actress playing her character as a brash, demanding activist, but with a heart of gold living her faith out in practice. (Someone said she was a terrible actress but I've known a couple of women just like her in real life!) We plan to have our elder teens (15 and 17 years) watch it because the conversations this film can start are amazing. It's heavy at times, but if you have a teen who can handle deeper, more real stuff than Marvel and you want an alternative to the sick, psycho stuff that some teens are allowed by their parents to watch, then consider this. Well worth the time.

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