Parents' Guide to

The Normal Heart

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Raw look at HIV/AIDS fight is hard to watch -- but worth it.

Movie NR 2014 132 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Gut-wrenchingly honest and unflinching

It's a marvelously acted, heart breaking look at a group of people who are more commonly portrayed as stereotypes.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Although this is a work of fiction, the stories it tells about the emerging AIDS crisis in America are honest and heartbreakingly real, thanks to deeply affecting performances. Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, and Joe Mantello (who played Ned Weeks in the 2011 Broadway revival), to name a few, are all excellent. And whether or not you're gay, you'll feel sadness, shock, and anger long after the closing credits have faded to black.

Although it's rightly aimed at mature audiences for its language and sexual content, The Normal Heart does explore a number of important themes -- among them, sex versus love and honesty versus privacy -- that could strike a chord with older teens, especially those who identify as gay or might still be exploring their sexual identities. It's also a sobering reminder of how far the gay community has come in terms of human rights and how much work remains until everyone is considered fully "human."

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