Want more recommendations for your family?
Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family values are cockeyed in this goofy drama: Brothers marry sisters, and wives carry on affairs with their in-laws.
Positive Role Models
The "good" characters here are involved in a long-term consensual incestuous relationship, which makes their value as role models questionable.
Violence & Scariness
A man is hurt and paralyzed by falling scenery; a character cuts himself as part of a religious ritual and moans as blood drips onto his Bible. Characters die suddenly (offscreen).
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent references to sex, more disturbing than usual because of actual or implied incest, as well as pseudo incest (a wife is seduced by her brother-in-law). A woman sinks to her knees, about to perform oral sex, and says she wants "a man inside her." Two characters in an extramarital dalliance kiss on a bed in underwear (no nudity). A man leers at his adopted sister as she swims.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Mild cursing: "ass," "hell," "damn." Frequent gendered insults and language, as women are called "slut," "slutty," "whore," and "b---h." One brother tells another he treats women as "sperm deposits."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
The movies are based on a series of pulp novels.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many characters, including a pregnant woman, drink on-screen. An underage teen talks about fake IDs and drinking at a bar and drinks from a flask. Champagne and liquor are served at a party; no one acts drunk.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Seeds of Yesterday is a TV movie based on a series of pulp novels about a highly unusual family. The central characters in the series are a brother-sister pair who wind up married. In this outing, the couple makes out passionately on the bed before the camera pulls away, with implied sex offscreen. A woman sinks to her knees, implying oral sex is to follow; family members, related by blood or by marriage and adoption, flirt with each other and sometimes carry on extramarital intra-family affairs. Women are frequently disparaged for being "evil" temptresses; one character in particular is frequently called "slutty" while others are called "whore" or "b---h." Cursing includes "hell," "damn," "ass," "b---h," and "d--khead." A man tells another he treats women as "sperm deposits." Characters die or are suddenly seriously injured, on- or offscreen. One character attempts suicide. An underage teen says she has a fake ID and drinks from a flask; others drink beer, champagne, and liquor. A man cuts himself in what appears to be a fetishistic manner during a religious ceremony. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As with the other movies in this series and the books themselves, the whole thing is a trashy hoot. Incest must be hotter than you'd think, because the minute Chris and Cathy are left alone together, in their son's house, on an exact replica of the swan's bed that symbolized their mother's unfeeling decadence in the first Flowers in the Attic movie, they start groping each other like teenagers. Granted, the film's just giving its audience what it wants; without the creepy-yet-titillating incest angle, Flowers in the Attic would be just another gothic horror novel. The younger, "refill" characters in Seeds are clearly following the family pattern, with Cindy exclaiming. "When did Bart get so effing hot?" the moment she lays eyes on her adopted brother, and he returns the favor by spying on her while she swims in her bikini.
Your enjoyment of this movie will largely depend on how much you like campy drama and the original books. There's no shortage of scenery-chewing in this movie, nor is anything ever telegraphed delicately when it can be revealed in clunky dialogue: "You know I haven't been able to leave this room since the accident!" cries Melodie. "This house has no power over us," says solemn Chris. "We're not mother's Dresden dolls locked up in the attic anymore." "Mother, you wore red. You always knew how to please me," says Bart to Cathy. Pass the popcorn.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.