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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Messages about being selfless, helping those you care about, and showing people you love how much they mean to you. Also a few iffy messages related to women's and girls' roles in the lives of men and boys, being reduced to objects of physical desire and love.
Positive Role Models
Norimichi is brave, kind, selfless when it comes to helping Nazuna, and Nazuna is curious, compassionate, sweet. The boys are somewhat immature, but they're typically good friends.
Violence & Scariness
A man punches a teen who intervenes in a family issue. A boy punches/pushes another boy. Nazuna and Norimichi deal with a few potentially frightening, supernatural situations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Notable amounts of innuendo and romance. Crude joke about a teacher's large breasts "bouncing" as she rides her bicycle to school; several scenes of Nazuna wearing an incredibly short skirt and then a short sundress with spaghetti straps that sometimes slip off her shoulders. The camera frequently focuses on her body (from behind, especially). Teen boys stare at a teen girl nearly all the time, including when she's wearing a bathing suit. A couple of brief kisses between teens. Teen boys make a bet that involves getting their attractive teacher's panties.
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Insulting language like "stupid drunk," "stupid," and "shut up," as well as "pissed off," "piss me off," "what the hell," "freaking," "damn it," "psycho."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character is depicted as somewhat of a town drunk. He's shown drinking a lot, speaking with a slurred voice, walking clumsily, and speaking to himself.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fireworks is an anime teen romance that's available both dubbed in English and in the original Japanese, with subtitles. Made by the producers behind the very popular anime film Your Name, Fireworks follows two teens who end up repeating the same day over and over again thanks to a magical orb. Expect a couple of kisses and a few suggestive comments and jokes, mostly at the expense of the teens' attractive school teacher. Language includes a few insults and comments like "pissed off," "damn it," "what the hell," "stupid," etc. A minor character is portrayed as the town drunk (he's shown drinking and acting inebriated). Although it's fairly common in anime for girls and young women to have exaggerated features, the film's focus on a main female character's body and beauty (as well as her role as a "damsel in distress") could be interpreted as stereotypical or even sexist. On the other hand, the movie also offers messages about being selfless, helping those you care about, and showing people you love how much they mean to you. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite beautiful visuals of fireworks, flowers, beaches, and fluttery first love, this teen romance suffers from an uneven, unnecessarily convoluted plot and some iffy stereotypes about women. There are a few jarring, unexpectedly crude comments -- like about the teacher's "bouncing" breasts, a girl being a "dog," and jokes about betting over a woman's panties -- that will throw some viewers off. And then there's the constant focus on Nazuna's leggy, long-haired, wide-eyed beauty. She doesn't have much of a distinct personality other than being sweet Norimichi's ideal crush. While he gets to relive the day to win her over, woo her, and even save her from a forced move with her mother and new stepfather, she has little agency over the proceedings except to encourage and excite Norimichi. She may not be a pixie, but Nazuna sure is a dream girl.
That said, the movie's Groundhog Day-style romance, while familiar, isn't nearly as flat as the parallel plotline about the boys' bromantic debate about the shape of fireworks and their teacher's hotness. The boys are played for comic relief, but their ongoing debate about fireworks simply isn't that interesting. What is worth seeing, however, is the animation, which is topnotch and includes some lovely, dreamy landscapes, as well as realistic spaces like Norimichi's home, the kids' classroom, and the pool. Unlike the producers' runaway hit Your Name, Fireworks is neither as memorable nor as dynamic as its title suggests.
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