Parents' Guide to

Nappily Ever After

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Romantic dramedy with positive messages, language, sex.

Movie NR 2018 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Great movie, but it's pushes too far

This movie has an absolutely wonderful message. Self worth, humility, natural beauty vs unhealthy beauty standards, freedom of choice. I think every woman should watch this movie, especially black women, and black teens. But, I'm suprised this movie got away with a pg-13 rating. Right at the beginning there's a highly concetrated almost 1.5 minute sex scene (even if there isn't nudity, it's focused enough to feel like a R rated scene instead of a PG-13 one). And "Fuck" is said 5 times throughout the film, more than any other pg-13 film I've seen. I was watching this with my little sister and it made me double check the rating b/c I was so confused. But I guess every parent has different tastes on what's too much for their kids.
age 18+

Stopped Watching at 7 Minutes

I’m shocked that the rating for sexual content is so low. There’s a sex scene that lasts 1.5 minutes (closed my eyes and fast-forwarded through). That’s more than just “some sexual activity” and “carefully shot sexual activity.” Breaks my heart that even a common sense rating would be so hardened to sexual content. Guess it’s a sign of our times. Goodness.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Two stellar performances by Sanaa Lathan as Violet and young Daria Johns as Zoe, along with sharp commentary about culture, identity, and hair, bring a fresh, original sheen to a familiar story. Director Haifaa Al-Mansour (best known for the stunning Wadja) and a strong adaptation from the book provide Lathan with all she needs to deliver an assured, brave performance. Daria Johns is just wonderful. Featured characters are also solid, with Lynn Whitfield able to transcend the typical overbearing mother into an almost sympathetic character. Nappily Ever After is a welcome addition to Netflix's building library of accessible romantic comedies. While the movie may have special resonance for African American audiences, it should appeal to all fans of sparking romantic fare.

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