Parents' Guide to

Frybread Face and Me

By Jose Solis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gentle coming-of-age drama highlights Navajo culture.

Movie NR 2023 83 minutes
Frybread Face and Me Film Poster: 2 Indigenous children look in opposite directions

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

The common sense reviewer missed some things!

Most of the family was pleased by this movie. While I think it was OK content-wise for the 10- year-olds I know, our 11yo wasn't into it because the style is a little slow, focusing on the drama in the family of characters. My family thought there was more the reviewer should have noted in this post. Under "language" they could have said that s--- is repeated around 5 times, and there's one use of a homophobic slur. Under violence/ scariness, the "family quarrel" that was mentioned includes an adult grabbing a child pretty roughly and one character jabbing a spoon into another painfully. In another scene an animal is shown after apparently being hit by a vehicle. It's inaccurate to say there is no nudity. The rating given by Netflix is TV-MA *for nudity*. It's only a split- second shot of a page in a magazine showing a nude model. But it's there! Some families may want to know that there is a little talk about sex, for example characters referring to "tubes being tied." Mom and dad loved this, 13yo was interested and asked lots of questions about the 90s references (that's when it takes place) but our 11yo, at least tonight, wanted something more exciting.
age 12+

Reality Check

This was a bit too much for my 11.5 year old daughter. I thought it was important to see the perspective of real families, going through real things. The beauty of the grandmother and her love was touching. There a lot of swearing, which isn't a big deal in our house. The situations of bodily harm and endangerment could have been much worse. there was one scene where someone was hurt and it scared my daughter. I think it's an important movie for kids, especially sheltered, privileged kids to watch. very educational, discussion provoking, and interesting. with the watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A city kid being forced to spend time in the quiet of the country, where they learn invaluable lessons, is a tale as old as stories themselves. But what director Billy Luther does in Frybread Face and Me goes beyond the apparent "city mouse" tropes to turn into something fresh and quietly moving. Set in a Navajo reservation, the film, inspired by the director's upbringing, shows rather than showcases a culture that hasn't been represented enough in the movies.

When Benny is sent away from San Diego to the reservation in Arizona where his grandmother lives, we are immersed into a world where exoticization can't happen, because there are no gazes that can impose their values. Instead, we get to share intimate moments in which we see Navajo women raise each other up and where masculinity is approached more gently. The film might defy the patience of younger viewers accustomed to quicker-paced storytelling, but each scene in Frybread Face and Me feels intimate, and very much like a blessing to witness.

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