The Age of Adaline

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Romantic fantasy lacks magical spark, but OK for teens.

PG-13 2015 110 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 18+

Excellent Philosophical Romance addressing questions that are becoming relevant to our Time!

I recently heard someone describe the movie Gattaca as a Science Fiction Philosophical THRILLER, which seems accurate to me, and I would say that Age of Adeline is a Science Fiction Philosophical ROMANCE – a bit like Tuck Everlasting for Adults. If it were a book, it might be a really great read for a for a mid-20's women's book club! I categorized this as at least 18 years of age (audience) because anyone under that age wont have enough life experience/context/understanding to make sense of it; it's not they're life season. I would say it's speaking to young adults, and is relevant to them as they are progressing toward formulating mature, invested, long term romantic relationships and marriage. It asks "what are potential consequences and the trajectory of a life caught in a static, unchanging immortality?" (like Tuck Everlasting). And "what are the gifts of natural change and progression in life that allow a person to truly LIVE?" As far as morality - it has: Occasional mild swearing, including shocked OMG's - mostly in the car racing scene. Two romantic scenes headed in a certain direction that skip to the next morning. It's pretty discreet. (I'm somewhat sensitive to scenes like this, and I personally didn't find them offensive. I think they were done pretty modestly and respectfully, that might be comparable to Young Victoria, though it is out of wedlock. I would say that sex isn't the focus; rather a reflection that the relationships may be dear but cant reach stability and permanence while she is not aging, and the struggle that this becomes for her. There are two car crashes. Initial impact could make you jump but other than that it didn't bother me. And there is one off color joke from the main guy's little sister. On the whole I would call this a well acted, well written, sophisticated, thought provoking movie - ideal for date night, YA girls night, or YA book clubs where you can discuss deep philosophical life questions.

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age 7+

Amazing for children

This movie has so much heart and such a great lesson. The only reason I wouldn't recommend to children below 7 is because there is a scene where a dog dies and it is extremely sad. However, I saw Marley and Me for the first time when I was about 6 and I was just fine. There is no cursing, no crude scenes, no violence (aside from two car crashes where nobody is seriously injured and no fatal wounds of gore is shown), and no sex scenes. There is kissing but nothing more than you would see in an old Disney movie or a kids cartoon. Overall the movie has a great message that kids should learn- respecting themselves and others, and living their lives the way they want to and not the way they think they should. Life only happens once and you should live it with love and happiness.

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