A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Character deaths (off camera). Sad and scary situations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, smoking, drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes strong language, drinking, smoking, and drug use, violence, and very sad deaths. There's a sexual situation (and resulting childbirth). Tense moments include a violent confrontation and a serious health problem. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Indeed, the entirety of IN AMERICA is exquisitely tender. The girls' sense of wonder brings a softness and a glow to whatever they see, whether it is a street fair or a broken-down air conditioner. Lovely, touching performances by all, especially the Bolger sisters and Hounsou, add delicacy and lyricism. The story may be predictable and it teeters on the edge of corniness with its references to angels and aliens. But thankfully it is messy and episodic enough to capture the attention and even the heart.
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