A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Though he gets points for being independent and resourceful in trying circumstances, the scamp of a young hero routinely lies to his mother, tricks teachers, and does both to take the heat off his wayward buddy. Oh and he...kills somebody.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent discussion of sex and lust. Tom's mother has a disconcerting habit of using the bathroom while her son's in the shower.
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Some pretty strong stuff for PG-13.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One peripheral figure is an alcoholic; another character chain-smokes and overdoses on sleeping pills; another one constantly asks for marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has locker-room talk of erections, masturbation, tricking the French teacher into saying English naughty words, and other matters in school; lurid family melodrama out of school, eventually encompassing robbery, suicide, and mercy-killing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Let's just say putting the letter D in the title was not the best grade for this would-be growing-up nostalgia. It's got enough jumbled-up, lurid melodrama for several plots. It's framed as sort of a love note of wisdom, maturity, and advice for Tom's son (although the sleeping kid doesn't have to hear all this. Alas, we do). If any of the film's tearjerking pathos were believable for a minute it would be, well, unbelievable.
Anton Yelchin doesn't look or talk like an idealized, movie-cute child star, so picking him to embody the awkwardly precocious Tommy is one small virtue. Oddly, there's a certain family resemblance, facially and in the contrived snappy banter, between him and Robin Williams, who gives an unconvincing portrayal as Pappass, with excessive mugging and doubletalk. It may be significant that the one family in the whole movie that looks intact and functional -- father, mother, child -- is that of that of the adult Tom, over in Paris. How he got to that state of contentment, after such a turbulent adolescence, might have made a more interesting story.
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