Parents' Guide to

Fear of Rain

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Scary thriller about teen living with schizophrenia.

Movie PG-13 2021 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Heavy and sad, but not unreal

Thankfully this is one of the few problems that I don`t have to deal with with my teens, but still it`s such a heavy and powerful movie. I still don`t think its inappropriate for kids older than 12 unless there has been a loss of a parent or a mental illness history in the family.
age 13+

Twists and turns with a good result! No Gore

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

It stumbles over pieces that don't fit together too well, but the thoughtful, sympathetic treatment of its main character and her illness, and some solid tension, put this thriller just over the top. Written and directed by Castille Landon, Fear of Rain puts plenty of thought into the condition of schizophrenia, showing Rain participating in therapy sessions, discussing the things she's experiencing, and reacting to the various medications she must take ("it makes me feel like a zombie"). Kids at school treat her like an outcast, and she's forever explaining that she doesn't have multiple personalities (a common misconception).

If you think about it too hard, using Rain's condition and its visual and auditory hallucinations as fodder for a few thrills and a "twist" toward the end can seem a little dishonest, somewhat cheapening Rain's struggle. But since Fear of Rain is shown primarily from Rain's point of view, her condition and the movie's plot devices can somewhat meld together; we see what Rain sees. Iseman is terrific in her role, and Broussard (who also helped a character with a supernatural conundrum in the Happy Death Day movies) adds to the movie as likable nerd Caleb, who does magic tricks with tarot cards, fixes cars, and studies quantum mechanics.

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