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See You Yesterday

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teens travel back in time; violence, language.

Movie NR 2019 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

Generally disappointing

Too much swearing and sexual inference to recommend for children. The message of the film. Is not uplifting or encouraging.
age 14+

Totally different meaning

This movie is more of social commentary, discussing the way black peoples are treated in the United States. I was not expecting that at all. This movie is exactly the type of movie that should be discussed on this site. There are a lot of cussing and adult themes. It is thought provoking and a great jumping off point for a discussion about this topic if you are okay with your children hearing swearing and hearing about sexual topics. I was okay with it because my son has heard those words before in society. I liked the movie, but he thought it was boring and didn’t finish it. I wish he had been more interested and wanted to talk about it, but he was expecting a typical Disney type movie. I think it’s a great choice if your child/children are interested in a variety of social topics and enjoy discussing their opinions and critical thinking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (5 ):

What this movie does extremely well is provide images lacking in the mainstream media: of brilliant black teens using their brains and creativity to excel academically and in the real world. But See You Yesterday can be confusing, as its tone changes drastically -- from a seeming lighthearted teen adventure story about a fantastic science project to a violent urban realist tragedy about innocent youths gunned down by police. The first part feels like Real Genius, emphasizing bright kids following their intellectual curiosity, so the frequent use of profane language in this section feels jarring.

One point the film makes well is that when the genius kids happen to be economically disadvantaged and black, the neighborhoods they go home to after a day at an elite school have as much influence on their lives as dreaming about how to put protons, the speed of light, and wormholes to use in cool world-changing inventions. So when the movie suddenly resembles Boyz n the Hood, the language and the fear of police brutality and street crime make sense. Each of the genres are done well, but they fight each other for dominance in this well-acted piece.

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