A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Underscores the highs and lows of social media stardom. Recognizes possibility of exploitation of young people and vulnerability of teen fans. Upbeat messages are heard throughout, delivered by teen media personality: "follow your dreams," "spread positivity," "work hard at something you love; you're gonna get results."
Positive Role Models
Naive, goodhearted, and determined central character strives hard for success. Media star managers may be deceitful.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen boys (many bare to waist) frequently hug and comfort teen girls in an aura of innocence. Young man identifies himself as gay.
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Numerous instances of "f--k," "s--t." Other curses heard: "screw you," "holy crap," "p---y," "grab by face and make out with me."
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Products & Purchases
Plat's Closet, Lite Beer, Dairy Queen, and social media agencies PomsCon and Digitour.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarettes, vaping. Fan mentions her dad's drug addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jawline is an enlightening, poignant documentary that follows optimistic, hardworking 16-year-old Austyn Tester as he seeks fame on social media. "I want to be a YouTube star" is the new catchphrase for countless young people living in the digital age. Director Liza Mandelup discovered one of those kids in Kingsport, Tenn., and it was her wisdom and/or great luck to decide to film his quest for celebrity. Expect to hear strong language throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "crap," and "screw you." There's lots of hugging, quick kisses, and short-lived emotional connections between Tester and his intensely devoted female fans. Though he and other male internet stars are often bare-chested, it generally feels innocent and nonsexual. Kids smoke and vape; a girl mentions her dad's drug addiction. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In this funny, sad, and revealing documentary, director Mandelup has found a gentle path; she treats her subjects with kindness and dignity to spare, so that they seem to forget a camera is watching. Jawline, a winner at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, is a surprising film -- a movie that can be labeled "a cautionary tale." As the director follows the eager, often naive kids who're looking for an easy way to fame and fortune, the blissful young girls who are overcome by adoration, and even those who would take advantage of their client's celebrity, no judgments are made. The film is simple, compelling, and heartfelt, a serious look at the relatively new and impactful phenomenon of social media stardom.
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