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Parents' Guide to

The Broken Hearts Gallery

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Upbeat heroine anchors whimsical romcom; edgy sex jokes.

Movie PG-13 2020 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Super fun & cute GNO movie

This is the best movie I’ve seen in a while. I enjoyed it as an adult & would see it with girlfriends. I would be hesitant showing this to my kids until they are a bit older due to the sexual language (as mentioned in the official review). But there are many positives, it’s a lot of fun & I walked away happy! Zero nudity, some language but not bad, zero violence.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Cute movie •

Too advanced sexual language, vibrators and details that are way too explicit for 13 year old. I was quite surprised to see such movie available for pg13 • drinking too

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This is a snappy, sensational romantic comedy with a wonderfully optimistic main character. The quirky premise about a young woman who physically can't let go of the past, stubbornly holding on to little items from her exes, is completely sold by Viswanathan. When we first meet Lucy, it's not under the best of circumstances: She's having trouble moving on after a breakup and isn't taking it well. But Viswanathan's magnetic personality lets us see the humanity behind Lucy's obsessiveness and absolutely fall in love with her: This is the friend you want by your side. Together with her sympathetic and protective friends Amanda (Molly Gordon) and Nadine (Phillipa Soo), they're an ideal trio -- together for the tough times while also lovingly calling each other out on their nonsense.

Writer-director Natalie Krinsky looks like she could be that once-in-a-decade voice who captures her generation -- and her gender -- with smart, witty dialogue; she's stepping into the footprints left by Lena Dunham, Diablo Cody, and Nora Ephron. Her characters have an aspirational patter, but, at the same time, it's exactly how today's 20-somethings talk. With an irreverent, feminist self-awareness, expressed via barbs about patriarchal society and men who are baffled by how to respond to unwarranted accusations, it's all so of the moment. At times, some of the acting comes off a little weak -- likely the result of Krinsky being a first-time director -- but it's completely forgivable as she delivers a fantastically fun film. Like many love stories aimed at women, it's a female fantasy in many ways -- that our ideas are accepted, that our opinions are valued, that we're loved and accepted for who we are as we are -- but that's how we change the world, right? If life imitates art, Lucy's world is a nice place to live.

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