Parents' Guide to

See You on Venus

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Two wounded teens heal together; some mature themes.

Movie NR 2023 94 minutes
See You on Venus Movie Poster: A man and woman sit on beach with her head on his shoulder

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 12+

What matters in life

I just loved this story. It transformed me. It helped me to reflect upon the meaning of my life and the things that really matter. I also read the Book and it is such a delicate, profound and touching piece of art. Thanks for creating such a lovely story.
age 10+

The perfect book to give as a present to anyone

I enjoyed this story every minute. The characters are deep and the story completely gave me a new and a fresher perspective about love, life, and even life after death. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, including kids from age 10.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (15 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

See You on Venus is a tear-jerker, but a silly, over-serious one. Teens who have been through trauma utter greeting card-worthy philosophical twaddle as if it's profound, leaving the audience shrugging. A character's last name is "Faith" and she is creepily intrusive, over the top in her lack of boundaries. Doom and gloom are clumsily telegraphed when a young, seemingly healthy girl regularly takes a pill. Whatever is wrong with her, we can be sure it ain't gonna be good.

Even the title's metaphor makes no sense. Mia loves Venus because "on my Venus," there is no war or unhappiness, meaning Pasadena could just as easily be her favorite place and the metaphor would make just as little sense. The central idea that teens can heal each other from trauma is useful, just not well executed here. Gardner and Aiono manage to overcome the absurd script and create a nearly believable connection between two one-dimensional characters so, beware, tears may flow.

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