A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
"Love can't last forever." "Trust what you feel. Love doesn't need to be proven."
Positive Role Models
Steve is a vindictive liar. Vivien is a loyal girlfriend until she learns she has been betrayed. Roy is pessimistic about his future but protects a bad guy's secrets.
The attitude here suggests that being gay should be hidden and that gay men should have girlfriends, and lie to them, in order to conceal their true selves. In this case, a gay youth threatens someone who knows his secret. A White girl's best friend is Black, offering the cast's only person of color with any significant lines.
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Violence & Scariness
Someone is hit by a car and selective amnesia results. Flashbacks murkily show a drowning. Although the relationship appears to be consensual, an older man in a position of authority is having sex with a younger person. Their power disparity suggests poor decision-making on the part of the older person. A gay youth afraid of being outed threatens another student with dire consequences. Young gang members harass young women and break into a home. Youths fight at a party.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A teen couple take off their shirts, lie on a bed, and kiss. A teen couple strips to underwear and start kissing in a pool. A married woman is having an affair. She's seen kissing a man at a restaurant. An older man in a position of authority is having sex with a younger person. No nudity is shown. A woman changes her clothes -- removes her top and seemingly her bra -- in a taxi. The tops of her breasts are seen. A teen girl is seen in bed, presumably masturbating.
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and "d--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A local gang is involved in drugs. Underage teens drink alcohol. Someone smokes a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Time Is Up focuses on the drama accompanying teens heading for college. A romantic triangle involves a closeted gay/bisexual boy and someone who feels inadequate because of his humble socio-economic circumstances. The movie is an Italian production, in English, shot partly in Rome, but the characters are presented as American. Teen sex is mostly suggested but teens are seen kissing and taking their shirts off. One boy has an affair with an adult male and kissing is seen. A married woman has an affair. A woman changes her clothes -- removes her top and seemingly her bra -- in a taxi. The tops of her breasts are seen. A teen girl is seen in bed, presumably masturbating. A teen smokes a joint and underage drinking fuels both a fight at a party and a romance. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and "d--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Everything about this is disappointing, from the throwaway attitude about how people grow, mature, and make decisions, to the complete lack of dramatic tension from start to finish. Incompetently directed, edited, and acted, Time Is Up feels like what might result when a group of people with short attention spans collaborate. What is the nature of the "big test" in physics that Vivien needs to take, and what does its outcome determine? Without that information, the audience feels nothing when Vivien misses it. But no worries, she just takes it later, problem solved. Roy's dramatic arc is equally flat. He underperforms as a swimmer but it turns out all he needs to do is really, really try, and suddenly he can beat the team's fastest competitor. Life is just that easy. A voiceover offers irrelevant and contradictory metaphors from physics, meant to telegraph that Vivien is smart, but that's like putting someone in a pretty dress and expecting us to accept that she's a talented fashion designer. Nothing else Vivien does supports the notion of her exceptionalism.
Another puzzle: why was Mascolo, who has an Italian accent, cast as an American? His English is good but was there no American actor who could play this role? More problematic, Thorne radiates superficiality. Not a word she utters feels believable. As a role model for young girls, her disturbingly immobile face sends the message: emotions that can result in facial expressions are forbidden to anyone who wants to be "beautiful." It's bad enough that none of the actors look young enough to be high school students, but do 18-year-old girls living at home just hop flights to Rome on the spur of the moment? That notion may serve the rickety plot, but it doesn't mimic reality. The movie's only redeeming feature is the score, which includes two covers of the Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio, Four Seasons hit Can't Take My Eyes Off You, as well as a catchy duet, Up in Flames, nicely sung by Thorne and her fiancé Mascolo.
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