A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It only takes one person who cares to make someone feel valuable.
Positive Role Models
Mia is outgoing and unrealistically positive.
Cast members are White and Hispanic.
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Violence & Scariness
A fatal car accident is revisited in brief flashbacks. Someone contemplates suicide. Someone is seriously ill.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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"Damn," "heck," and "penis."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A passenger in a car accident says he was wasted at the time of the crash.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that See You on Venus is the story of two teens searching for reasons to live, in the vein of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. One was abandoned as a baby by an unknown mother, the other is recovering from a car accident that killed a friend and maimed another. An unlikely road trip to Spain helps heal them. Flashbacks briefly recreate the car accident. Teens kiss. Someone struggles with a life-threatening illness. Someone contemplates suicide. Language includes "damn," "heck," and "penis." A passenger in a car accident says he was wasted at the time of the crash. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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