A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Young people learn to cope with adults' dedication to tradition.
Violence & Scariness
A young man is forcefully removed from a party (brief punching and pushing).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Magdalena is pregnant at 14, but has not had intercourse (the film provides a medical explanation for the phenomenon, using terms that include "vagina" and "sperm"). Brief mention of "gay porn sites," references to gay sex (some petting on screen, and a couple lying in bed), and a major plot point concerning a young man's sexual identity; kissing and some caressing between couples (straight and gay).
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Some use of the f-word, other obscenities.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine and liquor at parties and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the film features discussions of sexual activity, specifically "heavy petting" and the movement of sperm, as a means to explain Magdalena's extremely rare route to pregnancy. A gay couple seduces a young man. Family members argue (especially fathers with children). Family members fight physically. A young man keys someone else's car. Characters use some language, drink, and smoke 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 worthwhile movie is about property as well as propriety. For one thing, the neighborhood is in the process of "gentrification": as poor Hispanic residents are pushed out by younger, wealthier white buyers, generational expectations change. Carlos surfs the Net; Magdalena and friends want to purchase U.S. mass-marketed merchandise (clothing and food). Both angry fathers represent a losing effort to maintain "the old ways." Their inflexibility is contrasted with Tomas' openness to change, his generosity, and unconditional love.
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