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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Engaging indie film has mature themes, edgy content.

Movie NR 2016 111 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

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This is an interesting tale that is shocking but suitable for the savvy teenager.

Is It Any Good?

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This engaging indie drama is rife with moral ambiguity and flawed-but-likable characters that will be best appreciated by older teens and adults. The mistakes and missteps are clearly shown to be the results of characters being dealt some bad hands in life, and the not-so-simple act of merely keeping it together is what motivates these characters and drives the overall story. There are no clean and easy answers, and indecision is as much a part of the inner conflicts as poor decisions are. The depth of these characters and how they interact with each other is what makes this exploration of the familiar theme of wrong-choice-that-feels-like-a-right-choice work so well.

And the acting itself is magnificent. As Margot, Allison Janney delivers a memorable performance of a woman emotionally exhausted but still trying to find a way to move forward with her life. As Tallulah, Elliot Page reveals all the subtleties of a character who has finely honed survival skills but is lacking in the day-to-day life skills most of us take for granted. Complexity and depth shine through in both the performances and the story, which is why Tallulah is an excellent film.

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