A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Growing up is an ongoing process for young adults. Promotes thoughtful decision-making, staying true to one's ideals, and the value of good friends.
Positive Role Models
Featured players exhibit varying degrees of maturity, responsibility, commitment, and authenticity. Each of them makes progress as their stories evolve. Comic stereotype of wannabe rock star. No ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
A car accident in which injuries occur.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexuality and relationships form core of story. Scenes of kissing, sensual foreplay, undressing, partial nudity (female breasts), post-sex togetherness. Numerous conversations in which sex is the central topic: safe sex, condoms, breast implants, unexpected pregnancy, past sexual history.
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Pointed sexual conversation: "penis," "vagina," "intercourse," "cum," "d--k." "Am I too small for you?" "No underwear; need to be touched." "Bone him." Some swearing: "ass," "Jesus," one use of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (i.e., wine, beer); some drunkenness. A character smokes. No hard drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Singles, a good-natured 1992 romantic comedy from Cameron Crowe, spotlights a group of 20-something single friends in Seattle. They're no longer kids. They haven't "settled in" yet. In fact, they're going through the pangs of maturation: out of school, trying to find their way in the work world, with their hearts in what hopefully will be lasting relationships. The movie is bursting with the now iconic musical sounds of 1992 Seattle (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and more). Like the young people it depicts, the movie very much has sex on its mind. Expect frank language (e.g., "penis," "vagina," "intercourse"), candid questions and jokes ("Am I too small for you?"; a song title is "Touch Me, I'm Dick"), as well as scenes about "safe sex," breast implants, and an unexpected pregnancy. Characters kiss, embrace, undress, and engage in sexual foreplay. Partial nudity includes shots of bare, large female breasts. Scenes show social drinking (wine, beer), some drunkenness, and smoking. (Spoiler alert: A car accident injures a key player, who recovers.) Though this upbeat movie is very much a reflection of its time, the universality of emotions, hopes, and dreams and the relatability of its engaging characters keep it relevant and fun for older teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Romantic, funny, quirky, and infused with the iconic music of Seattle circa 1992, the film will still delight audiences hoping for a nostalgic look back or an almost-contemporary upbeat fairy tale. The acting is superb. Familiar characters take on a fresh glow when Cameron Crowe works his magic and creates an unmistakably relatable story that highlights both the apprehension and joy of being young, hopeful, and struggling all at the same time.
Singles was Crowe's follow-up to the now classic Say Anything. It preceded Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous; all four deserve their imminent standing among movies about becoming a grown-up in a fast-changing world.
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