A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in cheesy thriller.
Positive Role Models
Lead character stands up for her friend when he's bullied in school. Stereotyped portrayal of a Native American but positive representations of kids with mental illness.
Violence & Scariness
Suspense violence, nightmarish imagery. Lead character has dreams in which she predicts the future, and she often foresees bad things happening, such as a bank robbery in which the robber shoots a woman in the head at point-blank range (killing not shown), or a serial murderer who wears a mask and attacks victims with a large chain, or a car crash that kills a baby in the back car seat. Flashbacks show traumatic moments in lead characters' lives, including young boy playing with matches, resulting in death of sister as house burns down, and a girl nearly drowning after skating on thin ice. Dog bites lead character in the leg, drawing blood. Beginning of movie shows lead character as a child, unconscious on a Little League pitcher's mound after getting hit in the head by a baseball (not shown). Some bullying: three teen boys take away another teen boy's phone in a classroom and taunt him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A husband and wife kiss.
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"Crap" said once.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A husband and wife are on the verge of opening a bottle of wine before they're interrupted by their daughter having a nightmare.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Another Dream is a 2021 thriller in which a teen girl sees the future in the nightmares she has while sleeping. Expect some violence and nightmarish imagery. In one of her nightmares, Anna sees a woman getting shot in the head and killed at point-blank range during a bank robbery. She also sees her mom getting into a minivan accident that results in the death of her baby sibling. In another nightmare, she sees a serial killer in a mask who attacks victims with a large chain. In flashback scenes, we see two traumatic moments from Anna's childhood and from her best friend Josh's childhood: We see a young Anna nearly drowning in a frozen lake after falling through some thin ice while skating, and we see a young Josh playing with matches, resulting in the death of his sister and his family's home burning down. During a chase scene, Anna is bitten by a dog in the leg; some blood is shown. At the start of the movie, a young Anna is shown unconscious on a Little League pitcher's mound, knocked out by a baseball (incident not shown). A husband and wife kiss and begin to open a bottle of wine. "Crap" is said. The movie portrays a Native American person stereotypically but has positive representations of kids with mental illness. 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 is just another movie about a teen with paranormal abilities, and a bad one at that. Just Another Dream is a clunky movie with a clichéd storyline, overused character types, and the expected foray into what changes when one alters fate and destiny. It doesn't take long for the flashbacks and nightmare scenes to grow tiresome, and the plot twist at the end is as predictable as they come. The acting from the main characters isn't horrible, but the quality quickly tapers off when we get to the minor characters. It's a cheesy movie, one that tells a story that has appeared in so many other movies.
Perhaps the best that can be said about Just Another Dream is how it depicts kids and teens struggling with mental illness. While lead character Anna is quick to dismiss those she meets while staying in a mental health facility as "crazy," there's an attempt to show these kids as something more than the shallow and/or cruel depictions in the past of those with mental illness. There are some attempts at humor with the interactions between Anna and these kids, but, thankfully, the humor isn't rooted in mockery. This almost makes up for the poor quality of the movie overall, and the beyond-overused stereotype of the Native American character with "mystical powers" who sees in Anna's nightmare visions that the other adults don't.
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