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Parents' Guide to

Look Both Ways

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Unplanned pregnancy, language, partying in parallel tales.

Movie PG-13 2022 110 minutes
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age 12+

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age 12+

Lazy Day Rom-Com for Adults

This was a good rom-com with messages about fighting for your dreams and goals no matter what happens in life. They are a couple of scenes that suggest sex and an unmarried young woman gets pregnant, but the film is mostly modest given the subject matter. For a full review check out https://youtu.be/07mXa-Ga7GU

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Though the concept has been done before, this take on the possible parallel lives of one young woman is buoyed by engaging performances from its lead cast. The poster for Look Both Ways is reminiscent of Sliding Doors, the 90s-era Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle with a similar concept. Reinhart has nothing to envy of Paltrow as a leading lady. She holds the camera's attention and captures the rapidly changing emotions and unexpected twists and turns of young adulthood. Supporting actors, including her parents, boyfriends, and best friend, were well selected for the mostly affable secondary characters. Ramirez and Corenswet make fine leading men. It was a fun twist that the parents were enjoying their empty nest and not so eager for their daughter to move back home.

Don't look to this film for a political message: Though the father of her baby says he'll respect her "choice" about whether to continue an unplanned pregnancy, Natalie's life turns out just fine with or without the baby. There seems to be a message in here about destiny: You're going to get where you're meant to be going in life, one way or another. Neither one of Natalie's lives is perfect, but both are pleasant, so the film also suggests success or happiness isn't a straight line. And, Natalie is equally happy with both boyfriends in her parallel lives, so maybe soulmates aren't really a thing either. The movie weaves her stories together in an overlapping way, with characters actually crossing their own paths at points.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: August 17, 2022
  • Cast: Lili Reinhart , Danny Ramirez , Aisha Dee
  • Director: Wanuri Kahiu
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Bisexual actors, Latino actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some violent images, sexual content and thematic material
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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