A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
If your dreams look impossible, amend them. Don’t just give them up, if at all possible.
Positive Role Models
Jordan is a hardworking, smart, helpful, responsible college student who has planned a great future. Lee is a responsible, hardworking teen who does well in school and also cares for her horses and younger brother while her emotionally-incapacitated father mourns family losses.
Violence & Scariness
An automobile crash at night results in a fatality. Unprovoked, a black man is beaten by white guys he knows, resulting in a concussion. A father gambled away his kid’s college money.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Older teens kiss. Although a close romantic relationship is implied between them, no sex is shown or indicated.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The World We Make is a sensitive look at those high-pressure last years of high school and early years of college when older teens face difficult choices about the future. Internalized racism among seemingly enlightened people is explored to some degree as a biracial teen couple try to work things out. Teens here also deal with loss, grief, disappointment, racism, and the reality of flawed adults who, facing their own demons, fail to offer adequate support and encouragement. A fatal car accident is briefly flashed and thugs beat an innocent victim. Responsibility is beautifully modeled here by mature teens. Teens kiss. 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 is a touching if somewhat oversimplified look at racism, growing up, and the harsh realities of adulthood. Like a made-for-TV movie, The World We Make presupposes a world without many subtleties, so problems are one-dimensional and solutions are more elementary than they might be in real life. When someone suggests a black young man will be good at basketball just because he's black, he points out the stereotype, and this substitutes for a real exploration of racism.
On the plus side, teens here model mature behavior, work hard, take responsibility for their actions, and hold themselves accountable, which is more than refreshing. There are no curse words, drug problems, or irresponsible acts. The two lead teenagers, in fact, have good reason to scold their dads for being less-than-responsible parents. Jordan cooks dinner for his dad. Lee takes care of her little brother, badly neglected by their grieving father. And as each of them make tough choices based on obstacles they face, tear-jerking moments reliably result. There's much more to be said on a far deeper level about biracial relationships and the grieving process than is said here, but this isn't a terrible start.
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