A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
"Mainstream success is for chumps." "Real writers let people read their s--t."
Positive Role Models
Both Neil and Julia are talented writers.
Violence & Scariness
Fictional superhero characters fight. A big guy in his 20s taunts a 15-year-old boy until the younger knocks the older one down.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two teens write florid and passionate prose about fictional characters having gay sex. A guy rubs his clothed genitals. Two men make out. The Vanguard character is seen shirtless making out with two women. He's later seen kissing a man. A 16-year-old girl announces that all women are bisexual. A reference is made to erotica written by the Bronte sisters. It's suggested that a man likes to have sex with 12-year-olds. There's a reference to Brady Bunch erotic fan fiction, as well as stories about The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and Ninja Turtle characters. A 15-year-old boy comes on to a gay man, and the man turns him down, afraid he could go to jail for being with a minor.
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"F--k," "s--t," "d--k," blow," "piss," "engorged pelvic region," "ass," "erect penis," "f-ggot," "bitch," "bulge in his pants," "erect member," "up my hole," "damn," "clitoral majora," "popped a chub," "boner," "masturbation," and "queer."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teenagers consume alcohol, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, and take drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Slash is about two high school students who write fan fiction porn and post it online, so the language is highly sexualized and, in some cases, accompanied by graphic images. There's no nudity, but descriptions are erotic and frank. A 15-year-old and 16-year-old kiss and have sex offscreen. Students smoke marijuana and cigarettes and take drugs. Sexual identity, gayness, and bisexuality are discussed. A boy kisses a man. Language from the world of fan fiction porn, which encompasses the imagined sex lives of fictional characters from Harry Potter characters to Ninja Turtles, includes "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," blow," "f-ggot," "bitch," "erect member," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie succeeds in offering a view of that famously churning period when teenagers wrestle with growing up and worry about fitting in. Neil and Julia feel alienated partly because of the fact that they're writers, who are notoriously stand-apart members of society, but also because the writing they do is hidden, owing to its sexual content. They obsess over fictional characters and create their own new fictions in which those characters, created by other writers, are launched into unpredictable sexual interactions.
Slash raises valid questions about the safety of minors negotiating an internet where predators can digitally seduce kids. The filmmakers studiously avoid asking why writers would invest so much energy in creating situations for fictional characters created by others. Does that endeavor enhance the pleasure they first experienced when reading/viewing the original work? In the end, what makes this interesting is that Slash doesn't shy away from shining a light on the human tendency to imagine what other people are doing behind their closed curtains.
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