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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Listless coming-of-age drama about teen's ho-hum "problems."

Movie NR 2012 98 minutes
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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You tries to turn the agonizing life choices of a 17-year-old boy into the stuff of high drama, but the stakes are very low. Should James go to school at Brown? Should he buy an old house and fix it up? Should he just jump off the roof, or work at his mom's high-end art gallery? His are the options of privilege, thanks to wealthy parents, but this material comfort means he has little motivation to do much of anything.

This isn't a situation that's available to most real-life teens, and it's not especially interesting to watch as a result. In the end, James faces the same choices as just about everyone his age, and little he does is original. His decisions are neither unusual nor entertaining, and neither is this movie.

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