A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tries to offer a positive portrayal of mental illness, building sympathy for how much work it can be just to get through a day while dealing with symptoms, medication, and cruel treatment from others. But standard thriller aspects tend to undercut the message's effectiveness.
Positive Role Models
Rain says that she isn't defined by her illness, and she is indeed a three-dimensional character who struggles to do what's best. But she does make some unfortunate choices, and movie leaves off on a strange note; she's not entirely redeemed.
Violence & Scariness
Child in peril. Teen girl pursued by scary masked man: He grabs her, drags her, throws her into a hole, piles dirt on top of her. Cuts and scrapes. Hospital room, with injection. Fingernail embedded in wall. Several scenes of characters being suddenly grabbed. Image of hanged person. Scary visions (blood oozing down a shower curtain, maggots crawling on a wounded hand, painting coming to life, statue with bleeding eyes, etc.). Biting, slapping, arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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A use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "ass," "hell," "God." Hateful voices ("freak!" "kill yourself!," etc.).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of prescription medicines.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fear of Rain is a thriller about a teen girl (Madison Iseman) who lives with schizophrenia and has visual and auditory hallucinations. She thinks her neighbor has kidnapped a small child but isn't sure what's real and what's not. Expect scary/shocking imagery (mostly hallucinations), including masked figures grabbing girls, a girl buried alive, blood on a shower curtain, a painting coming to life, a hanged person, etc. Kids are in peril, and there's arguing, slapping, and biting. Infrequent language includes a use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "ass," "hell," and "God" and hateful voices chanting "freak!" and "kill yourself!" Two teens share a brief kiss, and the main character is shown taking various kinds of prescription medications. The movie's honest depiction of schizophrenia is somewhat cheapened by its thriller aspects, but the likable characters eventually help it win out. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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