Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Emotionally brutal end-of-the-world drama.

R 2011 136 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 17+

Confused and Very Depressing!

This beautifully filmed attempt at an art film is overdone, too slow-paced and too depressing for any kid, never mind the weird sex episodes (Kirsten Dunst pushes a man down in a golf course sand trap and jumps on him) and constant mentioning (later on in the film) of a new planet heading toward Earth, that might end the world. I'm not prone to depression, but even I had to stop watching it when Kirsten's character was so depressed she couldn't walk and her sister is so anxious about the planet that she keeps freaking out. There are also some excellent actors in this film who are utterly wasted. If you want to watch it, turn off the sound and play Wagner's overture to "Tristan und Isolde"; then you'll have a true art film.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Not suitable for people under 15.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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