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Parents' Guide to

Every Last Secret

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

PTSD drama has problematic messages, iffy content.

Movie NR 2022 93 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+
Watched it til the middle then watched it from the beginning and I was in suspense but confused and didn’t like the ending 😩

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

Do not waste your time

Stupid movie .. poor content. Waste of good film.. blacklist the writers and producers. Jail the director

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It wants to be seen as a deep drama, but this film doesn't have any redeeming qualities, especially for families. It's ableist, it reinforces harmful stereotypes about women, and it features uncomfortable/illegal relationships between adult and teen characters -- both the strange "platonic" situation between Freeman and 17-year-old Penelope and the sexual encounter that escort Elly (Ivana Millicevic) has with two of Penelope's friends. Every Last Secret also makes it seem like Freeman is unfit to live simply because he has PTSD, which is a treatable condition. That messaging could be damaging to those who struggle with mental health and suicidal ideation, as well as reinforce harmful beliefs about mental health.

On top of all that, the story makes no sense. The film doesn't do anything to flesh out its main character. It isn't interested in understanding anything about Freeman's motivations or drive. It lazily tries to use women to deepen his characterization. Both Penelope and Elly are consistent with tired stereotypes about the roles of women in film -- i.e. having no purpose outside of interacting with a male character. Penelope is a "manic pixie dream girl" who behaves in a way that's supposed to seem quirky, daring, or aspirational but is actually nonsensical. Her father might be the only character in the film who acts like a real human, but he takes a turn for the worse in the film's inexplicable third act. Ultimately, there's really no story here, and it's a waste of your time.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline online or via phone at 1-800-273-8255 (for the deaf and hard of hearing, contact 1-800-799-4889).

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