Parents' Guide to

Face 2 Face

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Childhood friends reconnect online; sex, violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2016 88 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Unexpected depth

I would say this show is appropriate for a 14 year old if watch with the parents and you have a good communication situation with that child so you can discuss some of the more adult themes. Otherwise I would say 16 +. I think the worth of this movie is in that it would be relatable two teenagers who feel like they are all alone or there is no hope. I think that the unexpected sexual assault at the end of the movie warrants it's worth in reinforcing that it is okay to do the right thing and keep yourself safe by protecting yourself and leaving an abusive situation. I think it also helps remind people that we are not alone sometimes all it takes is one person to change your life.

Is It Any Good?

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The movie gets off to a slow start, but director and co-writer Matthew Toronto quickly pushes past teen clichés and the computer screen gimmick to genuinely engage viewers. Two intelligent and decent kids truly listen to each other and make an emotional connection that in several ways saves both of their lives. The movie has value for that alone.

For a film that gets so much right, it's odd to catch some missteps. A savvy teen character suggests her friend go on Facebook to widen his social circle, even though Instagram and Snapchat are by far the more common communication apps of choice among kids. And it seems unlikely that a school would hand over planning a retirement party for its principal to the principal's teenage daughter. That's why viewers will be grateful for lead performances by both Amerman and Bobadilla that are engaging and true. Wherever the script leads them away from believability, these actors' charm and talent keep the viewer involved. So much of what is good about this movie boils down to the human longing for acceptance, flaws and all; Face 2 Face does a great job of communicating that need and desire.

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