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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Compassion, courage, perseverance, and teamwork are all prominent throughout. Strong themes of sibling bonds and how sticking together as a family can help you when in difficult circumstances. Youthful adventure is celebrated.
Positive Role Models
Angie is a young positive female role model who looks after her two younger siblings after their mother leaves them and their caring but alcoholic father, Reith, dies. Angie goes to great lengths to protect her siblings, fleeing from their dangerous uncle. Angie is guarded, hardened, and wary of adults. But she's also affectionate and caring to her siblings. Middle sibling Ben shoplifts food and distracts adults so his sisters can carry on their plans. He attacks an adult to help his sister. Blythe, the children's uncle, is recently out of prison having been involved in a man's death. He intimidates and pursues the kids for money. Adults, including their mother, double cross the children. A friendly teenager assists them when they're in need.
Violence & Scariness
Some grisly moments and strong threat, including a kid being accidentally dragged underwater when dumping their parent's body in the sea. When a parent dies at home, the kids sit with the corpse for the day and it is prominently featured. Kids are often threatened by adult characters and sometimes subjected to violence. An adult tries to steal a necklace from a kid, nearly strangling them before a young child attacks the adult to save them. Character smashes a mug in anger and breaks a window with their fist. A young character threatens others with a pitchfork and kicks someone in order to escape. A tractor crashes into a car.
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Infrequent language includes "jerk," "shut up," "ass," "poo," and the British slang word "cowbag."
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Products & Purchases
A famous British fish and chip shop appears in one scene. Yorkshire Tea logo shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two adult characters are alcoholics and both appear drunk in the movie. A parent jokes they'll buy their 16-year-old child "a pint." In a pub, one child tries the foam on top of a pint of beer and another is given a sip of beer but spits it out. Pub scene shows many adults drinking alcohol. While a parent gets drunk in a pub their children play outside on their own at night. Cigarette packet and ashtrays are shown at a character's house.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Runaways is a British adventure drama with some tough subject matter -- including alcoholism -- but also plenty of positive messages for teens. After their alcoholic father dies and their dangerous uncle shakes them down for money, 16-year-old Angie (Molly Windsor) and her two siblings set off across the British countryside to escape him. Angie has looked after her siblings her whole life and is a positive role model. She is resourceful, affectionate, and down-to-earth, despite being hardened by her situation. Some scenes are grisly, intense, and gasp-inducing but age-appropriate for teens who enjoy a touch of darkness in their drama. This includes kids being threatened and hurt by adult characters. Before they leave, the siblings spend the day with their father's corpse and then drop his body into the sea. While disposing the body, one of the kids is accidentally dragged underwater but survives. Though there are a number of light touches and fun moments of adventure, the children are often threatened or double-crossed by adults they meet. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This debut feature by writer-director Richard Heap is a refreshingly dark but also uplifting teen adventure. Windsor gives a stand-out performance as The Runaway's world-weary 16-year-old Angie, who is forced to take on the role of matriarch after her mother leaves her and her siblings and their caring but alcoholic father falls short of his parental duties. Tensions flare between the three of siblings as their situation gets more desperate. But there's enough affection in their portrayals that it's clear these battles are fleeting.
There is a real delicate balance struck in the movie. While the darker moments are almost too bleak, the lighter notes are touchingly bright, giving way to almost magical moments of adventure. Given its themes and hard edges, this movie won't be suitable for all young teens. But those who like a hard-hitting story will relish its bold take on a teen drama with plenty of delightful gruesome fun to be found within.
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