Forget Me Not

Movie review by
Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media
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London-set romance has language, references to suicide, sex.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 93 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The importance of human connection. Don't judge others before knowing their whole story.

Positive Role Models

Will and Eve both have their own issues, but prove willing to help each other through problems, even though they've only just met. There is a difficult interaction with an elderly lady with Alzheimer's, who is just beginning to show signs of the disease.

Violence

A drunk person physically attacks a character and threatens another with a broken bottle. Suicide is referenced on a number of occasions, including a character holding a razor blade to their body, pouring out piles of prescription pills, and climbing as though to jump off a bridge. There is also mention of dead parents.

Sex

Characters kiss and engage in sexual activity, though never have intercourse. There is some nudity from behind and partial frontal nudity. Virginity is referenced followed by discussion of underage sex.

Language

Occasional language, including "f---ing," "s--t," "crap," "arse," "bollocks," "whore," and "bloody."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke cigarettes on several occasions. Characters also drink alcohol at a bar, a party, and on the riverbank with some people visibly intoxicated. Prescription drugs are seen emptied out of containers as though to overdose.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Forget Me Not is a British romantic drama that includes strong language, sexual acts, and multiple references to suicide. Will (Tobias Menzies) and Eve (Genevieve O'Reilly) are two strangers who spend 24 hours together walking the streets of London. The two discuss serious subjects, such as death and suicide, with Will considering taking his life on a number of occasions. Alzheimer's and dementia are also referenced in upsetting scenes. Strong language is only occasional, but does include "f---ing" and "s--t." Characters engage in sexual activity -- though never have intercourse -- with some partial nudity. Virginity and underage sex are also discussed. Both smoking and drinking feature on several occasions with some drunkenness depicted, including a drunk and abusive man trying to attack Eve. While there are many adult themes, the movie is essentially a romance about two characters struggling to connect and find solace in each other.

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What's the story?

In FORGET ME NOT, musician Will (Tobias Menzies) contemplates suicide inside his London flat, until he looks out his window to see local barmaid Eve (Genevieve O'Reilly) being threatened by a man. After helping her, the two walk together around the city, stopping at parties and cafes, as they gradually get to know each other. Finding an increasing connection, they reveal more and more about their lives until they realize they have something very poignant, though devastating, in common.

Is it any good?

Similarly to Richard Linklater's Before trilogy, this 24-hour romance is as much a love letter to the stunning city backdrops as it is to the two characters at its heart. Considering its low budget, director duo Alexander Holt and Lance Roehrig's first feature film provides some pretty spectacular cityscapes and, despite the slightly wordy script, strong chemistry between lead actors Menzies and O'Reilly.

Both characters are beautifully complex -- full of contradictions and all the more watchable for it. Despair, hope, warmth, connection, and a touch of existential crisis keep them awake and forging forward through the night and the following day. Simultaneously thrust together and torn apart, the pair are ultimately drawn together in search of something they're not sure really exists.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Will and Eve's relationship in Forget Me Not. Did it surprise you how close they became in such a short period of time? Though they are different in many ways, what are some of things Will and Eve have in common? What character strengths do they show?

  • Discuss some of the language used. Did it seem necessary or excessive? What did it contribute to the movie?

  • Discuss how the movie portrays sex. Is it affectionate? Respectful? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • The movie deals with some adult themes such as illness and suicide. Do you think it handled them sensitively, or not?

  • Will reveals something about himself at the end of the film. How do you think that affects the way he relates to other people?

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