A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Parents who want to promote children's show business careers can sometimes do more damage than good. Artificial standards of beauty can hurt people.
Positive Role Models
Memo is a recluse, damaged by childhood experiences. The uncle he lives with is caring and affectionate.
Violence & Scariness
A man's fingers are caught in a motor. Blood flows. An angry boy pushes another, resulting in physical trauma. A man vomits seemingly impossible amounts, which is graphically depicted.
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"F--k," "s--t," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An adult smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nobody Knows I'm Here is a 2020 Chilean film (with English subtitles) that addresses the lasting damage done to talented kids who try to make it in the entertainment world. Deemed not good-looking enough, a gifted tween singer from Miami becomes the lip-synched voice behind a cute tweener idol. The humiliation ruins his life and drives him into isolation as an adult on a remote sheep farm in Chile. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "bastard." A heavy man who has overeaten vomits profuse amounts. A youth angrily knocks down another boy and causes physical harm. An adult smokes cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film ably sets a tone that helps tell many stories. Jorge Garcia (TV's Lost and Hawaii Five-O) as the older Memo admirably stirs our sympathy, but we're left with a nagging sense that director Gaspar Antillo has lost his way, owing this story far more than just our pity.
When a local woman (Millaray Lobos) arrives to angelically bring Memo out of his shell, nothing about her perseverance seems believable. Later, it seems Memo agrees to appear on television with Angelo in order to set the record straight about their true story, but once the two meet, Angelo wants only to sell his new book and maintain the illusion that he sang his own songs. At this point, Memo's participation makes no sense. Equally confusing is the fact that while the actor playing young Memo has an eerily beautiful voice, the director cast a notably underwhelming voice for the adult Memo. This adds to the confusion in Nobody Knows I'm Here as the ending only works if the voice is exceptional.
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