A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Sad deaths (offscreen), some peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extremely strong sexual references, including out of wedlock pregnancies.
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Extremely strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke a lot; character gets drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has extremely strong language and sexual references, including out of wedlock pregnancies. Characters drink and smoke a lot and one becomes drunk. There are some sad deaths (offscreen) and some mild peril (no one hurt). The thoughtlessness and prejudice Fin experiences are sensitively portrayed and there is a lovely friendship that transcends age and race. 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 movie is a quiet joy, with sensitive performances of breathtaking delicacy. Dinklage gives Fin a dignity and self-possession that makes his journey infinitely touching. Cannavale gives Joe a subtle yearning quality beneath the bluster. In one scene, some guys who would seem like natural companions for Joe come by to joke around and they invite him to play ball with him. Cannavale's reaction shows us that he understands Joe far better than Joe understands himself.
Goodwin is marvelously natural as Cleo sees Finn for the first time and asks him what grade he is in. Clarkson, who won an acting award at Sundance, has the showiest and most under-written role, but she gives Olivia grace and heart. These characters will stay with you for a long time.
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