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Life in a Year

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Emotionally intense teen tearjerker has language.

Movie PG-13 2020 107 minutes
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Bring hankies and tissues because your tears will be well jerked, especially owing to solid performances by two engaging actors in the lead roles. Life in a Year is so emotionally well-tuned that we can forgive the script's occasional sour notes. No sane parent tells his child that getting into Harvard is a sure thing or a "formality," as the dad does here. Plus, rejections don't come by snail mail anymore. And although the relationship between Daryn and Isabelle makes sense by the movie's end, we never see why Daryn pursues her at the start, given how consistently mean and belittling she is to him. At the moment he says he loves her, we can't imagine why. Also, things tie up a bit too neatly at the end as Daryn abandons visions of the Ivy League and a law career to pursue a rap career. But still, teens who love romance will fall hard for this bittersweet tale.

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