Spontaneous

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Powerful, intense tragicomedy walks in Gen Z's shoes.

R 2020 97 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 18+

Waste of Time

I wouldn’t want my children to see this movie full of negative messages, drug use and sexual situations. Main female and her sidekick look closer to 30 than 17 and overall I can’t see any socially redeeming message to warrant why this movie was made or why common sense media’s review would have any positive remakes regarding this film.
age 14+

Spontaneous Combustion, Witty & Quick Jokes, with a surprisingly deep theme to wrap the whole thing up.

Spontaneous, it’s a dark comedy movie where a small town students begin to spontaneously combust. And while there is some strong language and seas of gore, The movie is well balanced with sharp and witty humor, (when the teens are being observed, the main character and a boy pretend they are Elliot and E.T while reaching out to eachother in a comical way.) there are a few scenes that could make viewers uncomfortable, (at one point multiple “combustions” happen in rapid succession, and the students are over running each other trying to get out of the building, [some people have paralleled to school shootings] however this scene helps to move the plot by showing, that the students thought they were safe, and this round of combustion’s were the worst get.) There was some pretty strong language throughout the entire movie, so if you’re comfortable with some choice 4 letter swearwords this one may not be for you. There’s a steep amount of drug and alcohol use (mainly alcohol) there was one instance of psychedelic mushrooms, and two or three instances of marijuana. There’s also references to a hookah pen at the beginning, as the main character and her best friend want to “grow old, wear kimonos, smoke a fat hookah, and stick their toes in the sand.” There is also a hookah pen at the end. The main character Mara as well as her parents each take a drag from a marijuana vapor pen, (which is in lieu of Mara returning from the testing facility and the parents are unsure how to help their daughter cope.) Mara also drinks alcohol in excess, as another coping mechanism. There are a few other things touched on in the CSM review that I won’t mention here, but in summary, if you can get past the strong language in the occasional core, and some minor drug use, and alcohol use, this movie is for you, this movie has a great and strong message at the end, about life and how life can be unfair and scary but you just have to keep going.

This title has:

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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