Now and Then

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

'90s coming-of-age movie has some sex, profanity.

PG-13 1995 102 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 11+

Excellent coming of age story

This movie came out when I was a kid, and I was counting down the days until my daughter’s 11th birthday so she could watch it. She loved it! The main characters are 11/12 and it tells an excellent story of the summer they went from little naive kids, to their next stage in life. It also highlights the importance of consent and healthy friendships. The girls say a few bad words, words you can tell they’re experimenting with. This movie doesn’t pretend children are something they’re not, it’s very authentic.

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Great role models
age 12+

More sex than I anticipated

A friend recommended this movie to me. She and her nine-year-old son watched it together and really liked it. My daughter is 9, so I made the mistake of watching the movie with her without reading Commonsense first :( I wish i had. Some of the analogies used for sex leave a child questioning. All women have a garden that needs to be watered by a big hose, or well, a small hose that works. My daughter looked at me questioningly, which prompted a discussion... If your child knows about sex and you don’t feel like getting into a penis size discussion, I would now recommend this movie yet. It also makes smoking look cool, because all the girls try it to look cool in front of a young, good-looking Vietnam Vet. Nobody coughs a lot or dislikes it. One of the girls grows up to smoke as an adult.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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