A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters learn to work through their feelings for one another and regarding their future plans. Friendship is upheld through thick and thin.
Positive Role Models
Three main friends stand by each other even as they come to grips with blossoming feelings for one another that move beyond friendship. Makoto learns to try and take responsibility for her actions. Chiaki defends a bullied character getting sprayed to the ground with a hose. Also, Makoto's aunt puts considerable time and effort into restoring a painting.
Violence & Scariness
Makoto's leaps through time often end by crashing into walls or people, with objects falling on top of her. During a game of catch, she gets hit in the face with a baseball. A harrowing near-fatal bicycle accident at the beginning and end of the film. Also, a bullied character exacts revenge on his tormentors with a fire extinguisher before trying to throw it at Makoto's head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teasing references to masturbation between the characters. Flirtation and crushes abound.
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Occasional language includes "damn," "hell", and frequent name calling: "loser," "idiot," "jerk."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this coming of age anime addresses budding teenage romance, friendship, and the pressures of school and growing up. There is mild violence and non-violent injuries, some name calling that ranges from playful to not-so-playful, and some instances of bullying. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a dazzling and engaging take on both the coming of age story and the time travel story. Rather than using time travel to change the course of big historical events, Makoto uses her ability to try and alter the little moments between her and her best friends, boys Chiaki and Kosuke.
She learns that these travels can cause even bigger problems than she originally anticipated, and the film takes some unexpected plot twists that will keep kids guessing.
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