Parents' Guide to

Every Day

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Book-based teen romance has messages of empathy, diversity.

Movie PG-13 2018 95 minutes
Every Day Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Leaving a mark on emptiness

Its a movie that stirs up different emotion and it gives the word "change" a good and bad light. Change is for those people who are not afraid to risk and someone who is not afraid of future. Sometimes there are things we need to change in our life and that change will only be successful if we do it for ourselves and not for others. We live, we love everyday with a new chapter and in every chapter we meet thousands of people and we must live each day like its the last so to make these people remember us, leave a mark with every good change we do in our life. This movie just made me realize that life itself is a box of surprise...a surprise where we never know what happens next.

This title has:

Great role models
age 11+

Interesting concept

I saw this movie with my 11 year old daughter and we both enjoyed it very much. At many points she was actually laughing out loud. Several conversations were had about what it means to have a sense of self that transcends how you may look or appear to others. Also, we spent some time talking about how important it was for A to move on so that the person s/he was inhabiting (for lack of a better expression) could go forward with life and exert free will. Love, regardless of appearance or gender, was another topic. Ditching school had zero negative consequences- we talked about how unrealistic that was. She cheered when Rhiannon came to terms with her bad relationship with her boyfriend and said that she approved when Rhiannon reached out to try to connect with her father. Overall, the film was enjoyable and sparked some good conversations with my pre-teen..

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Based on David Levithan's best-selling YA novel, this teen romance is sweet and well-acted -- with strong messages of empathy and acceptance -- if perhaps not quite as deep as it could have been. Everything in Every Day just seems to go a bit too easily or smoothly: Rhi seems like a lovely person, but what is it that makes A fall for her quite so fast and so thoroughly? We don't get to know her well enough first to understand why (other than the fact that she's the main character) she stands out so far beyond all of the other teens A has spent time with. Later, Rhi buys A's story pretty quickly, all things considered. Perhaps these parts of the plot worked better on the page, when there was more access to characters' inner monologues. And then there's the ending, which -- while emotional -- also seems to work itself out pretty neatly.

Still, it's impossible to deny Rice's charm, especially in the scenes where she seeks out and recognizes A in different hosts. No matter what A happens to look like each day, Rhi is always thrilled to reconnect with the one person who really sees and hears her, and that enthusiasm is endearing. It also helps underline the movie's messages about the importance of empathy, diversity, and unconditional love. Leaving aside the fact that, in the end (spoiler alert!), Rhi winds up with someone who hardly pushes the envelope, her journey to self-appreciation and self-confidence includes spending time with teens in a wide range of races, sizes, and even sexual identities. She loves A in all of them, and A loves her. And that's what really matters.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate