Parents' Guide to

Strange Weather

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Holly Hunter lifts thin drama that deals with suicide.

Movie R 2017 92 minutes
Strange Weather Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

This slight drama doesn't have very much to it, but any movie about a middle-aged woman is a welcome rarity, and in it, Hunter proves she can still bring life and spirit to any kind of material. Written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann, Strange Weather spends a great deal of time watching the characters sitting around in the Georgia heat and talking, talking, talking. (At least the second half includes a little driving.)

But thanks to deep characterizations and Hunter leading the way, when we hear all those conversations, it almost sounds as if we've dropped in on the neighbors. Characters talk about people they all know, regardless of whether we've ever even heard of them, and though it's somewhat frustrating, it feels real. None of this would work without the spunky firecracker Hunter, who, in her celebrated career, has always demonstrated the ability to make her characters breathe, think, and actually exist between lines of dialogue.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate