Only Yesterday

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Classic Studio Ghibli drama focuses on Japanese girlhood.

PG 1991 119 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Really good!

I seen this years ago subtitled on Turner Classic Movies back in 2006 when they had the Month of Miyazaki. I haven't seen it since but I still vividly remember this movie despite being years since the only time I watched it. It's beautifully animated and a pretty good coming of age tale. There's no violence that I can recall and the language is very mild. There's a discussion in one scene in subtitled version where the kids (mostly boys) talk of "catching a period" when the girl hits puberty. Otherwise there is nothing truly offensive I can recall. There is a romance subplot between the main female and her male chauffeur but it's not the main focus. It's a really good movie and has the honor (as of the time of this review) of being the first and only anime film to have a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and it truly deserves it. The only reason I have the slightly higher age range is due to the story and how it might bore small children. It's definitely more for older anime fans, teenaged girls, and women.

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