Parents' Guide to

Have a Nice Day!

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Language, drinking, violence in sweet friendship tale.

Movie NR 2023 93 minutes
Have a Nice Day movie poster: On the face of a record, a Mexican man in sunglasses center is flanked by Mexican teenage girl on left and Mexican teenage boy on right

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There is some charm to this simple comedy-drama. There isn't much overt or ridiculous comedy in Have a Nice Day! But there is some light humor, situationally. Most of the charm comes from the characters. Even if they are drawn a bit narrowly, the acting is solid. The world around them is convincing in its locality, and the sense of smallness makes sure that once the bigger world is glimpsed, it satisfyingly amazes and entrances Enrique, Picho, and Amanda.

The film does, however, spend a lot of time figuring out how to get to the prompt that will propel them out of their small lives, but once they do, it's more than welcome, if brief. The lessons about not wasting life away until it's too late reverberate well by the end.

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