Rim of the World

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Kids save the world from bloody aliens; language, violence.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 63 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Even kids can save the world. People who seem to have nothing in common might turn out to be great friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the kids here are bright and resourceful. Dariush is selfish and spoiled, but later bonds with his new friends and acts unselfishly. Alex is afraid of everything but overcomes his fears to help save the world. ZhenZhen is aloof but becomes a fierce protector of her new friends. Gabriel holds back a secret but is good-hearted and fair.

Violence

Gargantuan alien monsters of super strength tear humans limb from limb and seem to eat them. They growl and roar and have large sharp teeth. A monster's huge finger fills a victim's mouth before she dies. The monsters are self-regenerating so can't be killed, even when they are shot, drowned, and severed in two. Human victims are seen bloodied. Many dead bodies are strewn about in the aftermath of an alien invasion. A boy who is terrified of heights climbs a tall ladder but then refuses to take a zipline ride. Weapons explode in the sky. Fireballs explode on cars and trucks and kill soldiers and civilians. A man is released from prison and threatens kids with death. The reference is made to pedophilia, using the word "diddler." A young girl drives a fast car, then crashes it when a monster alien lands on it and tries to smash it from above.

Sex

A 13-year-old boy boasts that he's "experienced." When the team finds a place to sleep that has only two beds, the one girl in the group innocently says that one of the boys can sleep in the bed with her. One of the boys treat the offer as if sex might be part of the deal. It's not. An alien sticks a bodily probe into a boy's mouth. The boy escapes and describes the probe as a tongue but another boy suggests it might well have been the alien's penis. An attractive woman directs a boy to put something in her "box" and the boy acts as if she's offering him sex. A boy makes reference to a "Lithuanian smoothie," a sexual practice. When the aliens attack, one kids says, "I haven't even had sex yet."

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "piss," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "d--k," "c--k," and "t-ttie."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rim of the World is unusually raunchy for an adventure film organized around young protagonists. Four oddball kids are thrown together at a summer camp when the earth happens to be invaded by human-eating aliens bent on total destruction. The kids bond and slowly overcome their personal fears in service of a cause greater than themselves -- saving the planet. The kids utter curse words, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "t-tties," and "bitch," a fact that makes this an iffy choice for kids young enough to actually be interested in watching 13-year-old protagonists. When the team finds a place to sleep that has only two beds, the one girl in the group innocently says that one of the boys can sleep in the bed with her. One of the boys treat the offer as if sex might be part of the deal. An alien sticks a bodily probe into a boy's mouth. The boy escapes and describes the probe as a tongue but another boy suggests it might well have been the alien's penis. An attractive woman directs a boy to put something in her "box" and the boy acts as if she's offering him sex. A boy makes reference to a "Lithuanian smoothie," a sexual practice. When the aliens attack, one kids says, "I haven't even had sex yet." One teen boasts about his sexual experience, although no one believes him. The violence is intense -- a human is eaten by an alien monster in a scene that features loud chewing noises. There are plenty of dead bodies and blood. One teen boasts about his sexual experience, although no one believes him. On the plus side, team work and personal growth are sub-themes.  

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Adult Written byOkteiviaKomSkaikru May 28, 2019

Signed up for the sole purpose of warning parents about the sex talk in this show. Yeah, it's that bad.

After seeing a bunch of kids on the trailer, I put it on to watch with my daughter but was shocked by the amount of references to sex (threesomes, fellatio)...... Continue reading
Adult Written byHelenerowe May 27, 2019

Terrible writer/producer

I was excited about this film ; unfortunately the kids in the film drink alcohol and use way too many sexual references. Who wrote this? Who’s at fault for suc... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bygamergrl13 May 27, 2019

Worth a watch. Has Stranger Things vibes.

A lot of people don’t like this movie, but I personally found it enjoyable. There is a lot of suspense and action sequences. The special effects are fantastic!... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byiiTrxshAxel January 4, 2020

It’s bad and good (let me explain)

Well I personally was ok with watching, and I know a lot of people hate this movie but it’s not THAT bad. Though the ending is pretty bad, it had kids talkin... Continue reading

What's the story?

RIM OF THE WORLD is the name of an adventure camp where four 13-year-olds who all have their problems have ended up. Alex (Jack Gore) is a science nerd who is afraid of everything, especially heights. His dad was killed recently and his mom is trying to get him to ride a bike, take a ride on a zipline, and make friends with other kids. ZhenZhen (Miya Cech) is a fearless and philosophical orphan who has no one in the world. Dariush (Benjamin Flores Jr.) is a spoiled and selfish rich kid whose family is also in turmoil. The three find each other in the woods when an apparent alien attack on earth is launched. Abandoned by the counselors, the three are figuring out their next move while jet fighters explode overhead and monsters with six arms and super-strength try to kill them and, possibly, eat them. They run into Gabriel (Alessio Scalzotto), who also has personal problems and a secret. Together they evade the monsters and encounter a space capsule from the American Space Station containing Major Collins (Lynn Collins), a beat-up astronaut who has returned to earth with a "key" that will unlock the Excalibur satellite defense program and vanquish the aliens. She begs the kids to get the key to the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena so they can annihilate the alien mothership waging war from space. The kids grab the key, and their journey to the JPL is filled with danger and violence.    

 

Is it any good?

The kids who would enjoy the simplistic, unlikely plot of this moviee the most are probably too young for the intensity of its violence and frequency of its cursing. These words are mostly uttered by the 13-year-old cast members. Sexual references also make a viewer wonder who the filmmakers thought they were making this for. It's unlikely parents will want their 10-year-olds asking them for definitions of "Lithuanian smoothie" or "c--k block." And although clever adult references suggest that the writers are clever people, Rim of the World  just feels like a remake of Jurassic Park, or Gremlins, or any number of other man vs. monster tales.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's appealing about watching kids be heroes. Do you feel that kids are underestimated in real life? Why do you think grownups sometimes assume kids can't do difficult things?

  • Do you think young kids use the kind of language used in Rim of the World to make themselves seem older, more mature, or cooler? Do you think using curse words is cool? Why or why not?

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  • The movie makes the case that kids who get bullied or teased because they are different -- smart or sensitive -- are often interesting and worth knowing. How do you treat kids who are "different"?

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