Parents' Guide to

The D Train

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

High school reunion dramedy has mature sexual content.

Movie R 2015 98 minutes
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Jack Black is known for his comedic chops, but here he's playing drama, and he's surprisingly good. You can feel Dan's buried pain, his desire to be accepted by the gang, and his sheer joy in spending time with Oliver. Dan isn't gay, but by the time the two men are alone together, it's clear why he's let himself be seduced. It's probably the highlight of his year.

Too bad it's also his undoing; we watch Dan unravel as his deceptions spiral out of control, all as he tries to maintain that glow of friendship. Marsden is a good foil to Black in THE D TRAIN, playing a narcissistic, manipulative wannabe actor who's not nearly as successful as his classmates seem to think but is happy to take advantage of their awe. Oliver is certainly fun to be around, but he's not at all trustworthy. The two stars make this improbable situation into an interesting film, with very human emotions at play.

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