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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No message is particularly clear, but you could argue that the movie is saying something about people needing other people in positive ways.
Positive Role Models
Del is smart and self-sufficient. Grace is bold and feeling.
Violence & Scariness
A fatal shooting with little blood. Evidence of a young woman being subjected to an experiment against her will. Many desiccated dead bodies, but they're not shown in great detail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kisses, then makes love (not shown).
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A few instances of "f--k" and its variants, plus "ball sack." The word "s--t" is written on a T-shirt.
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Products & Purchases
Plenty of brands are shown in a supermarket, but none in particular is promoted.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Fairly frequent post-apocalyptic drinking, including to excess. Grace's age isn't established, but she seems to be a teen, and she drinks a fair amount.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Think We're Alone Now is a post-apocalyptic drama about two characters (Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning) who connect some time after an unknown calamity has made just about everyone else on Earth suddenly drop dead. There's some strong language (including a few uses of "f--k") and drinking, sometimes to excess and some of it possibly by a teen. Desiccated dead bodies are shown (not in detail), and there's also a fatal shooting, with little blood. Characters kiss, and sex is implied but not shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This post-apocalyptic drama is two acts of a moody character study and one act of a different kind of film that clashes with everything that came before. For the most part, it's a well-made story about a man who's closed off what's left of the world and a young woman who fell out of it. Unlike most movies set after "the end of the world," survival isn't an issue in I Think We're Alone Now; Del is doing just fine, thank you. Hordes of leather-clad Mad Max-style fugitives aren't threatening to kill him and eat the fish he catches whenever he likes in the town's picturesque lake. He's simply putting his limited world (his town had only 1,600 residents before they all died) back together by day and sipping wine and reading at night. Grace's intrusion is more of an inconvenience than an earth-shattering event.
So for about three-quarters of the movie, viewers leisurely observe these two, watching their relationship develop. Then a less-involving movie comes out of nowhere and smacks of "message" storytelling not otherwise present. The hard left turn is particularly problematic because it raises serious questions about circumstances viewers had been asked to simply accept before. That said, the performances are fine (Paul Giamatti and Charlotte Gainsbourg also appear), and the atmosphere set by award-winning cinematographer Reed Morano in her second directorial feature is calm and engaging. And there are a few touching details in the script, such as how Del retrieves family portraits from each house he cleans of the dead. But because the stakes don't seem very high until the ill-fitting third act, I Think We're Alone Now doesn't end up being very memorable.
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