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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In order to love others, we must love and respect ourselves first. Women often put others before themselves and their own fulfillment, but this is a recipe for unhappiness.
Positive Role Models
Maca has a lot of potential in her professional life but seems unable to leave a job with a boss who treats her terribly. Adriana is in an unhappy marriage but isn't sure why and doesn't want to break apart the relationship. Jime can't let go of a dead boyfriend. All three eventually figure out what's best for them and how to move on, putting themselves first.
The film is set in Madrid and all the characters are Spanish. There are several gay or bisexual characters, including a married woman just realizing she's attracted to women. The film has some messages of female empowerment, "sisterhood," and a questioning of classical romantic expectations.
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Violence & Scariness
A woman mourns her long-dead boyfriend. An influencer says she's been diagnosed as a "psychopath" who doesn't care about others' feelings. A plane hits extreme turbulence and characters think they might die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples (and one threesome made up of one man and two women) have sex. They're seen in various positions and in various states of nudity, though no private parts are shown. People masturbate; a woman tells a man he can "cum," and a man tells a woman he wants to "screw" her. Two people have a no-strings-attached physical relationship. One couple has sex after a first date. A woman discovers she's more attracted to women than men. Lots of kissing. Mention of Tinder. Mention of crabs. A woman has her period in a bathroom stall and another passes her a menstrual cup, which she doesn't know how to use.
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "damn," "damnit," "p---y," "bitch," "hell," "douche," "t-ts," "screw," "d--k," "prick," "moron," "imbecile," "scum," "pee," "jeez," "jerk," "coward." The language is displayed in the English subtitles of this Spanish-language film.
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Products & Purchases
Tinder, Lord of the Rings, Converse, Nesquik, Mac, Pronovias.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol on multiple occasions. A man suggests smoking weed to get a "nice buzz."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sounds like Love (Fuimos Canciones), an adaptation of a book by Spanish author Elisabet Benavent, is a mature tale about three young female professionals trying to get their lives straight. Language in the English subtitles is rampant throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "t-ts," "d--k," and much more. Characters masturbate, have sex in threesomes, after first dates, and in cars with no-strings-attached partners, as well as in loving pairs. We see them in a variety of positions and states of nudity or disrobing, but no private parts are shown. There's mention of Tinder, crabs, menstrual cups, "cum." A potentially upsetting scene has characters experiencing fear during extreme turbulence on an airplane. A woman takes measures to try to reincarnate her deceased beau. Adults drink alcohol in multiple settings and one suggests getting high. The film ultimately aims to have a positive feminist message about learning to love and respect oneself first in order to grow and to love others. 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 Spanish film has the look and feel of yet another Sex and the City knock-off, but with less of the exuberance or charm. Sounds like Love is based on a book by Elisabet Benavent, a trendy Spanish author whose work has also been adapted into the very similar Netflix series Valeria. Love is full of pseudo-feminist messages about self empowerment among a friend group of three young female professionals grappling with relationships, careers, and identity. It boasts the expected mix of stylish outfits, urban settings, hip music, Instagram influencers, and lots of sex. Astute viewers will even detect some of the same settings and music as Valeria.
But it's missing the youthful joy of these other iterations, and though its characters are young, they're surprisingly bitter. The up-and-coming cast does their best with the material, but some effects forced on them fall flat, like flashbacks set in present-day scenes or multiple versions of Maca talking to herself. Maca also talks to the camera throughout, sharing knowing glances. But rather than pulling the viewer in as complicit (or as the missing fourth friend in a Sex or Valeria-like set-up), they have an acidic "told you so" vibe instead. When the main character winds up in Paris, Love also steps on the couture heels of Netflix's Emily in Paris. In sum, the material and ideas here feel overly familiar, and better versions are already streaming.
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