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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of friendship, processing grief, and letting go. Upholds the ideas that what we love becomes a part of us, and it's better to have loved (or been a good friend) and lost than to never have loved at all.
Positive Role Models
Characters demonstrate kindness and compassion to someone who's undergoing emotional strain. A character verbalizes the reasons to take safety precautions when it comes to interacting with strangers, but there's humor around the idea that she's taking it too far. Vanessa is reckless with her drug and alcohol use but responsible in other ways. She can be short and unkind with service workers and others who are just trying to help or do their job (her grief is a large pat of this).
The two main characters are women who are succeeding in business together. One of them is Latina, and she's portrayed positively.
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Violence & Scariness
Main character is dealing with a significant loss.
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Strong language including "damn," "goddamn," "s--t," "stupid," and "f--k." "Jesus!" is used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Brands included/mentioned as a punchline or relative to the story: Subway and Tesla.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs, like Xanax and MDMA, are mixed with alcohol on more than one occasion. Two friends bond while high. Drinking and smoking throughout, portrayed as coping mechanisms. Joke about cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I'm Totally Fine is a comedic take on the grieving process. Bell's character, Vanessa (Jillian Bell), uses and mixes substances -- including Xanax, MDMA, vodka, tequila, and cigarettes -- to cope with the loss of her best friend/business partner, Jennifer (Natalie Morales). The scenes where Vanessa is under the influence of Molly are made to look incredibly fun, as well as transformative in her healing process. While Vanessa is reckless with her drug and alcohol use, she's quite responsible in other ways -- for example, not wanting to take a ride from strangers when her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Her emotional turmoil results in her being short with/unkind to service workers and others who are just trying to help or do their job, and she often laces her conversation with the word "f--k." Additional strong language includes "damn," "goddamn" "Jesus!," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Odd but sweet, this story about the power of female friendship and the importance of moving on is entertainingly offbeat but not truly revelatory. While the movie's message does fit on a sign, it's not exactly concise -- "We can't lose what we once enjoyed; what we loved becomes a part of us." A shorter takeaway might be to say that this is the friendship version of "it's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all."
The fact that Jennifer returns in a very unexpected form allows Vanessa to reflect on the wonderful memories they shared and come to accept that their time together was wonderful but is now over. For many teens, there may not be much here to connect with, although the unusual story is just engaging enough to keep their attention. But for those who have lost a friend, expect tears. Buckets of them.
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