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Love can help to heal grief. Experimentation and freedom are an important part of growth. Unconditional love can come from surprising places.
Positive Role Models
Grace is playful and creative, as well as kind and supportive. She encourages Claudia and is protective of her, sometimes lying to adults in the process because she is not surrounded by trustworthy role models. Claudia is both serious and innocent. She is initially wary of Grace, but learns to trust and play, experiment, and be free. Both girls are lonely and lacking unconditional love from family, and grow to provide that for each other, showing great communication, empathy, and curiosity.
Two female leads given complexity to their characters and shown to have empathy and emotional maturity beyond their 16 years. Tender and thoughtful LGBTQ+ representation. Negative portrayal of non-traditional family units. Single mother homeschools daughter and keeps her away from the outside world, eventually attempting a suicide pact, with the implication she may have mental health troubles and be a danger to her child. The other family consists of a mother and stepfather constantly arguing and being neglectful toward their daughter.
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Violence & Scariness
Suicide references -- including a suicide pact and attempted drowning. Repeated visions of drowning. Death of a mother.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two teens naked in bath below bubbles, one seen standing topless covering breasts with hands and bubbles. Teens shown in underwear. Kissing on lips and caressing in bed -- implication further sexual activity takes place when it cuts to the morning. Character masturbates beneath underwear -- not explicit. Reference to contraception.
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Language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "f--ked," "bulls--t," "badass," "d--k," "hell," and the middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Some brands seen in the kitchen, including Big M strawberry milk.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Parent smokes cigarette and another drinks beer -- giving a can of beer to an underage teen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My First Summer is a touching Australian queer coming-of-age romantic drama with mature themes, occasional strong language, and suicide references. Claudia (Markella Kavenagh) is a teenage girl left living alone in a secluded house after her mother's death, who finds solace in another girl, Grace (Maiah Stewardson), who discovers her secret. Suicide is mentioned and a character attempts to drown themselves on-screen, with further visions of drowning during the film. There is strong language, including "f--k" and "bulls--t," and an instance of an adult smoking a cigarette and another drinking a beer -- handing a can to an underaged teen. There is partial nudity, with breasts covered by hands and bubbles, and characters kiss and caress in bed, with the implication of further sexual activity, as well as a scene involving masturbation. The characters themselves are kind and show great communication as well as empathy and curiosity. While the pace is slow, the scenes are beautifully filmed and the relationship at the center tender and believable. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Tender, sweet, and presented with a dreamlike filter, this Australian coming-of-age tale is a beautifully honest, uncomplicated, and confident debut from writer/director Katie Found. My First Summer is an exploration of girlhood and growth, of two teens finding an intense connection at just the right point in their lives. Their physicality moves from loving and soothing to equally loving and sexual, the pair wearing their vulnerability on their sleeves when they admit they "don't know what to do" -- something many teens of their age would keep hidden to save face. But there's something about their shared experience that provides a safety, not just in their remote hideout, but in each other. Sure, the sheer naivety of Claudia is a little jarring in the early scenes, and the moments of playing in water and beneath billowing sheets veer into familiar territory. But the relationship is handled with such care and intimacy, and the cinematography with such artistry and freedom, that this stands out among its peers as a film as warm, moving, and memorable as its central romance.
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