The Young Kieslowski
By Amanda Nojadera,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Frustrating teen-pregnancy comedy takes male perspective.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters discuss the importance of choices and learn to understand the consequences of their actions. Brian realizes he needs to spend more time with his cancer-fighting mom before it's too late, which helps him convince Leslie and her dad to rekindle their relationship.
Positive Role Models
Brian wants to be the good guy and support Leslie, but his actions consistently contradict that. His parents, especially his mom, are supportive and not judgmental. Although Leslie's and her dad disagree (leading to lots of fights), he wants what's best for her.
Violence & Scariness
During his karate class, Brian makes a comment that his friend might have fought too hard against a girl.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brian's mom gives him a brief talk about condoms, STDs, and oral sex. Virginity loss is a key plot point. Teens are shown kissing and undressing each other; they have sex (bare shoulders seen). Characters also discuss whether a pregnancy should be terminated.
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Several uses of "s--t," "bitch," "motherf--k," "ass," "f--king," and "goddammit."
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Products & Purchases
Brands/products seen include iPhone, Jansport, Range Rover, Ben & Jerry's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several characters, especially underage teens, drink alcohol at parties or in their apartments and smoke marijuana or cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Young Kieslowski is a coming-of-age comedy that focuses on a college freshman's reactions to losing his virginity ... and getting the girl pregnant. Characters, especially underage teens, drink, smoke (both cigarettes and pot), and use salty language like "s--t," "bitch," "goddammit," and variations of "f--k." Teens are also seen kissing, undressing each other, and having sex (bare shoulders are visible). Even though some characters support Leslie's decision to keep her pregnancy, there's discussion about the possibility of her having an abortion.
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What's the Story?
In THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI, Brian Kieslowski (Ryan Malgarini) and Leslie Mallard (Haley Lu Richardson) are both smart, awkward freshmen at CalTech. They meet at a party one night and discover that they're both virgins; after a drunken hook up, Brian is relieved to remove the giant "Never Been Laid" sign hanging over his head ... until Leslie tells him she's pregnant with twins. As the teens discuss their options and figure out how to tell their parents, Brian must decide whether he's ready to commit to Leslie and accept the responsibilities of fatherhood.
Is It Any Good?
Sure, the film isn't afraid to discuss abortion or the inevitable fears and insecurities of teen pregnancy, but it's frustrating to see Brian make decisions without considering the consequences. An awkward miscommunication leads Leslie to believe that Brian's ready to be a dad, but sarcastic and sometimes cynical voiceovers reveal Brian's true feelings. His admission that he's a terrible person -- combined with both insincere speeches pledging support and immature actions like having sex with another girl instead of helping Leslie move into his dorm -- make it difficult to feel sympathy for Brian.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about The Young Kieslowski's messages. Do you think it's trying to persuade viewers to feel one way or the other about Leslie's decisions?
Movies sometimes use humor to tackle difficult subjects. In what way does this film do so, and is it successful?
How does the movie handle drinking and smoking? How does it handle sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these topics.
- In theaters: July 24, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: March 3, 2016
- Cast: Ryan Malgarini, Haley Lu Richardson, Joshua Malina
- Director: Kerem Sanga
- Studio: Mance Media
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 94 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: brief strong language, sexuality and drug use
- Last updated: August 24, 2022
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