Parents' Guide to

The Never List

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teen acts out after friend's death; language, drugs.

Movie R 2020 102 minutes
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While Fivel Stewart is a compelling performer, even she cannot inject sense into the insensible. After each time Eva does something she and her friend Liz clearly stated they would never, ever do, the movie's implausibility increases. Ridiculousness piles on, thwarting our efforts to remain interested in Eva and her antisocial and self-destructive acts. The worse she feels about what she's done and the less credible her actions seem, the more our desire to follow her diminishes. By the time she has unwittingly outed a classmate in the most humiliating way possible, it's difficult to empathize and follow her on her journey.

Teens do try on many personalities as they experiment their way to self-hood, but this high-concept gambit asks us to believe the school's most serious, rule-following, nice girl would recklessly act out, and it's unlikely anyone will buy it. Most implausible of all: Eva pretends great reluctance to cross the last item off the list, to "be a rock star," which apparently can be accomplished by singing one song on a stage in front of people. She acts as if she's terrified and unequipped, then goes ahead and belts out a well-rehearsed song in perfect voice.

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