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By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Language, unhealthy sexuality in dark teen comedy.

Movie R 2018 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Inappropriate & typical

First, this movie is very much like every other white centered coming of age film thats just odd and off. I think it normalizes unsafe sexual activity, additionally her friends are reckless and messy. This is a very not diverse cast, almost all white its 2018- get with the program. There is very little character development, she just finds someone to cling on to who ends up being her almost step-brother. Although sex-scenes or activity isn't graphic it's VERY implied and I just don't think it's a show for kids who are still learning how to be in this world. I don't know if I would consider this to be coming of age or the decline of age. It's just creepy.

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Too much swearing
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age 16+

This isn’t a good movie.

Why is there no 0 star option.This movie isn’t clever in the writing in the least bit. As the movie played out I would jokingly place bets on what would happen next and boy do I wish they weren’t jokes!The movie isn’t smart with what happens in it, as it is not just predictable but also tactless with a lot of time spent on just hoping the movie won’t go there. The content of the movie wasn’t shocking it’s just idiotic in how it thinks these events would happen in reality. Slight spoilers but the entire second half of the movie is driven by a choice the main characters make that the movie’s punching bag character (the kid who allegedly got assault) Asking if it’s a joke. But no, no matter how ridicules or just how insulting the movie is with it’s content it treats itself seriously. (“It’s a comedy you idiot.”) There is nothing of comedic value in this movie. The juxtaposition between reality and the movie is more infuriating rather than humorous. The character interactions don’t make you get invested in the characters nor are they entertaining. Comedy is subjective but calling a kid fat or “ha u probably have stds” just isn’t funny for an hour and a half. There are some good actors in it, who try but they can’t save it. I’m just surprised they agreed. The movie doesn’t carry any message I could find besides it’s ok if it’s just ur mouth and if your not directly related your safe to be dated. If u want offensive comedy it’s not good. If u want dark comedy it’s not good. If u want drama it’s not good. Go to Hulu down vote it then go watch something else!
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Is It Any Good?

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

Very well-written, acted, and directed, this dark comedy pulls off a difficult stunt: making a deeply objectionable character interesting enough to follow all the way along her messed-up journey. Flower is a suburban teen comedy set in the morally imbalanced universe of a Coen brothers film. When we meet Erica, she's performing a sex act on a middle-aged cop in order to extort him (with a little help from her friends). Erica sasses her soon-to-be-stepfather, idolizes her prison-languishing father, and shows no remorse for her iffy actions. When she meets her stepbrother-to-be, the beautiful girl immediately dismisses him because he's overweight and awkward. But when she finds out he may have been sexually abused by a male teacher, she mobilizes her pals into a vigilante squad. Her quest, however, takes her in unexpected directions, and she finds herself unsure of what to do -- perhaps for the first time ever. On balance, it's a comedy, but things get pretty dark.

The dialogue is sharp, dotted with both teen snark and confident idiocy. Erica persuades her friends to help catch Luke's assailant by blaming his obesity, anxiety, and suicide attempt on the alleged assault, saying if they don't stop the man, he'll attack others. ("Do you want that on your conscience?" "No," says her friend, solemnly, "I don't want anyone to be fat.") And when Erica wants to kiss a boy who knows of her activities, he says, "Your mouth has, like, 10,000 venereal diseases." The direction by Max Winkler (son of Henry) doesn't overplay the bad things; it lets us simply witness the slow-motion train wreck. Winkler allows space for nonverbal interactions -- the life between the lines. Casting director Rich Delia deserves kudos not just for landing the always-good Hahn (who's great here as a loving but worn-out mom) and Heidecker (quietly truthful), but also finding the lesser-known and hilarious Dylan Gelula and Maya Eshet to complete the dunderheaded teen vigilante set. Adam Scott's natural likability is perfect for the did-he-or-didn't-he possible molester; a highlight is his nerdy-bitchy debate about hip-hop with Erica. As Luke, Morgan is an effective cipher. He keeps us off-balance for most of the film. And in an audacious lead turn, Deutsch has the brass to go there. She's unafraid, which is what the part needs. Flower wraps up a bit too tidily, and its amoral universe definitely isn't for all moviegoers. But it's original, clever, funny, and ugly, making it -- perhaps -- a sunny noir?

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 16, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: June 19, 2018
  • Cast: Zoey Deutch , Joey Morgan , Adam Scott , Kathryn Hahn , Tim Heidecker
  • Director: Max Winkler
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: The Orchard
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nude drawings, some drug content, and a brief violent image
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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