The Sun Is Also a Star

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Charming opposites-attract adaptation has romance, language.

PG-13 2019 100 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 16+

Complex story badly executed

The story is a good one, much more complex than the average high school romance. Two strangers meet. They have 24 hours before one is to be deported back to Jamaica where she lived a young child and the other has an interview for Dartmouth where his Korean parents are pressuring him to go for medical school. In that time he, the dreamer, is trying to convince her, the pragmatist, that love at first sight is real. A bit like modern Before Sunrise for teens? Unfortunately between the acting and the screenwriting, the movie doesn’t really work. The actors are too beautiful, I wasn’t surprised to read that they are both models, which somehow makes the premise of the movie unconvincing. The girl falls for the boy almost immediately. The movie is full of coincidences, which is the point, but one particular coincidence that’s unexplained and confusing is why is her immigration lawyer interviewing him for Dartmouth? Generally the movie just doesn’t work. I would have given the movie a lower age rating were it not for an odd scene in a karaoke bar private room where the boy lip syncs to a romantic song- all sexy smoldering eyes that young girls are supposed to melt at. The scene ends with the two making out, then the boy mounts the girl presumably with the intention of taking it further. (They have known each other for only a few hours and they are in a public space!) Thankfully she receives a phone call and has to run at the critical moment. Overall a promising moving executed badly. The book might be great!

This title has:

Educational value
Too much sex
age 13+

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