A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good friends can help each other cope with real problems.
Positive Role Models
Two friends do their best to support each other. One drives a long way to rescue a girl who is in trouble. The other pushes her friend to be more social and more confident in himself. Teens use social media to humiliate each other.
Violence & Scariness
The beginning of rape is shown. A boy is beat up for being gay. Someone tries to commit suicide. Incest is an issue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A sexual abuse scene shown but cut off. No nudity seen. Two teenage boys kiss. A friend says the first time should be with someone special and the girl implies that it isn't her first time. Gay longings and kissing discussed.
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"F--k," "s--t," "d--k," "hell," "suck," "slut," "whore," "bitch," "ass," "crap," "f--got," and "jerk off."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Someone uses Tylenol to attempt suicide. A parent turns to alcohol after losing his job.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Face 2 Face is about two childhood friends reconnecting as high schoolers, and it addresses difficult subjects: social ostracism, peer pressure, teen sex, coming out, incest, rape, and anti-gay violence. The two friends reconnect online as high schoolers, years after one moved from Michigan to California. They slowly reveal truths about the challenges they each face. Most of the story is told through computer and phone screens. Sex is discussed but there's no nudity. The beginning of rape is shown. Suicide is discussed; someone attempts it. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," and "f--got." A parent turns to alcohol after losing his job. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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