Parents' Guide to

Here Are the Young Men

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Coming-of-age Irish drama has drug abuse, sexual violence.

Movie NR 2021 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

It’s ok

Lots of sexual stuff violence and dicks in graffiti coulda done better

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This coming-of-age drama starts with much promise, but sadly loses its way. Here Are the Young Men tries to fit a little too much into its narrative, losing sight of the charm and allure it so promisingly opens with. To its credit, director Eoin Macken's feature does have a remarkable ability in capturing the freedom and spirit of youth. When Matthew, Rez, and Kearney, are seen on their nights out, you share their sense of nothing else in the world mattering other than your friends and having a good time. This realism extends to the romantic plotline too -- between Chapman's Matthew and Taylor-Joy's Jen -- nostalgically depicting love and friendship in those formative months between school finishing and adult life.

But too much is condensed into the story, and rather than simply live off the strength of the characters and their relationships, there is a frustrating inclination to implement too much drama and it feels contrived. The stylistic approach also feels unnecessary, failing to enrich the story, but instead, at times, taking the viewer out of it. There are noteworthy takes on teen machismo, and its flaws, and at times it's reminiscent of '90s cult favorite Trainspotting. Except this just lacks that same swagger.

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