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The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Amusingly bizarre anime comedy has iffy themes, drinking.

Movie NR 2018 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Rated 14 (frequent sex references, brief sexual assault).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are many visual and verbal sex references throughout. These include brief references to pornography and "erotic" art and prints, as well as a few comic animated images of sexual acts, although it is heavily stylized and all genitalia is censored by an image of a flower. One moment of brief sexual assault occurs when a man gropes a woman's breast without her consent, and she responds by punching him in the face. | OTHER ISSUES - There are frequent sequences, often slightly fantastical, of characters excessively drinking alcohol. The film also features a couple uses of strong language ("f*ck"), and occasional use of mild language ("sh*t", "b*stard" etc). Generally mature thematic material is prevalent throughout. | Rated "14" - Suitable only for persons aged 14 years and over. Contains content not recommended for viewing by any person below the age of 14.
age 16+

Anime movie surprised me on the drinking

R: drug usages, a suggestive image and language

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Nearly impossible to sum up neatly, this Japanese animated comedy is a bizarre but strangely wonderful adventure. First, let's be perfectly clear that The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is animation that's intended for young adults and up -- not kids. It's about a university student who's experimenting with being an adult, complete with drinking, cavorting, more drinking, and generally saying yes to every odd and exciting opportunity and offer that presents itself on a night that seems to never end. That magic, time-stretching quality will feel relatable to all adults who can remember their college years. Director Masaaki Yuasa expresses the night's epic quality in a vibrant, colorful, hilarious way. But it's odd and unlikely to appeal to anyone who will take offense at the random, often morally ambiguous characters.

While the Girl with Black Hair is vivacious and fierce, Senior/Senpai is the underdog whom audiences will consider either "adorkable" or pathetic, depending on their perspective (and what's going on in the film). The many supporting characters are all fascinating in different ways, from the romantic Don Underwear (Ryûji Akiyama), who refuses to change his long underwear until he's reunited with a woman he believes he's meant to be with, or the tyrannical "Director of School Festival Operations" (Hiroshi Kamiya), who's trying to crack down on the pop-up theater kids. There's also a Yoda-like millionaire who can procure nearly anything for anyone, including a mysterious, legendary drink. Even if the movie's plot sounds meandering, it's a wild ride that's easy to follow along on -- and the sort of adult-friendly animated film that will remind older viewers of carefree, slightly crazy days.

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