A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Young adults have to find their own way in life but should be accepted for who they are. Sometimes opportunities for self-discovery arise from difficult situations. People should be loved regardless of their sexual orientation.
Positive Role Models
Teens support each other emotionally through difficult times. A grandmother and her boyfriend offer encouragement to a young man going through a difficult time; his mother has essentially kicked him out of her life. Another young gay man hides his sexuality from his traditional parents. A community health center offers support groups for gays and lesbians.
Main cast includes an Asian American woman, a Black man, and an Indian-American man. Other characters are mostly White. Main characters are gay or lesbian. Discussion of Orthodox Judaism and Hinduism.
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Violence & Scariness
Two 18-year-old boys are grappling with possibly having contracted an incurable disease. One seems to suggest dying would be preferable to living with the illness. The other lost his father to a heart attack and is shunned by his mother for being gay.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss. Two women are caught making out in an office, one with shirt open. Two men masturbate next to each other in bed; they don't want to have sex because they're both awaiting results of HIV tests. People are seen in underwear. Characters describe foreplay and sex, talk about condoms breaking, use sexual terms like "dry hump," "riding bareback," "eat your quiche," and "loose p---y." A teen says he had sex with a stranger when he felt sad and was really drunk. A drawing and an anatomical figure of a penis are shown. Discussion of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, AIDS, anal gonorrhea, chlamydia.
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"F--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," "bitch," "d--k," "p---y," "boobs." "Jesus" and "God" as exclamations.
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Products & Purchases
Converse, JanSport, SAT, MTV, Apple, Parsons, Georgia Tech, other brands seen on store shelves or mentioned in passing.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens smoke a lot of weed, including as joints and out of a makeshift bong, and they drink alcohol, including pouring some into a slushy machine in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that as a story of two teenagers waiting for the results of HIV tests, Three Months has some graphic language as well as some sexual scenes. Teens also smoke weed and drink alcohol. Couples kiss, and two women are caught making out in an office. Two men masturbate next to each other in bed. Characters describe foreplay and sex, talk about condoms breaking, and use sexual terms like "dry hump," "riding bareback," "eat your quiche," and "loose p---y." A drawing and an anatomical figure of a penis are shown, and there's discussion of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, AIDS, anal gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Language includes variations on "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," "bitch," "d--k," "p---y," and "boobs," as well as "Jesus" and "God" used in an exclamatory way. The young people here support each other through difficult times, something their families don't always do. The main cast is racially and ethnically diverse and includes gay and lesbian characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
YouTube sensation Troye Sivan has an undeniable screen presence that carries this enjoyable snapshot of three teens facing life -- or possible illness -- after high school graduation. Three Months also boasts an enviable supporting cast, including veterans Burstyn and Gossett Jr. and relative newcomer Kalra. Though Sivan is 26, he plays an 18-year-old credibly with his slender frame and angelic face; he looks so innocent here that it's almost hard to imagine him in the circumstances that led to the HIV scare. But that doesn't make him ill-matched to the character, who sits at that tender moment between childhood (screaming on roller coasters, smoking weed at every turn) and adulthood (heading off to college, craving a real relationship). His Gen Z snarkiness softens as he matures over the course of the summer.
The film is split into chapters by summer months, and for the main characters, the summer after graduation is no party. But as Caleb's doctor notes, "It's amazing what you can discover after life gets f--ked up." And it does seem Caleb is on a journey, despite the holding pattern forced on him by the 90-day wait for test results. Some early scenes echo that waiting around, conveying the impression that nothing much is happening on screen. The script also plays with some symbolism, like connected pairs cycling synchronously on a tandem bike, the patience required while a drawbridge opens and closes, and brand-new white Converse representing a fresh start. The film's soundtrack and colorful credits add to a hip mood, setting the scene in a pastel-colored beachfront Florida town at the start and eclectic New York City at the end.
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