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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Smart, sad, empowering film about a teen coming out.

Movie R 2011 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+


age 16+

Outstanding and moving

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

PARIAH is brave. Pariah is heart-wrenching. Pariah captures the struggles of girls like Alike eloquently. So there are plenty of reasons to see it. Nevertheless, be prepared for a film that could leave you depressed (it's so intense that it can be exhausting). It's also somewhat predictable. The script paints the big picture but relies on unoriginal plot standbys (parents in denial, nurturing teachers offering outlets).

Once you have a grasp of Alike's troubles, you can almost see the resolutions coming. That's a pity, because the acting here is truly stunning. Still, flaws and all, Pariah has a powerful message. And how exciting it is to see the ending unfold after rooting for Alike all along.

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