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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sexuality and sexual preference can be confusing. Fight bigotry. Stand up for your right to be yourself.
Positive Role Models
Lead character negotiates a confusing world, not always successfully; she learns to be forthright and confident. Stereotypes: overbearing parents (including one shrewish and racist Jewish mother and a racist Senegalese aunt), ineffectual dad, LGBTQ folks, racists, homophobes.
Violence & Scariness
Two scuffles that are almost immediately stopped.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Story is about sexuality and sexual orientation. Characters kiss, disrobe (breasts are shown), engage in foreplay. Implied oral sex. Conversations about sex, sexual identity. Sexy dancing and glimpses of sexy underwear.
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Subtitled profanity: "f--k, "s--t," "crap," "piss," "screwing," "hell," t-ts." Insults: "f---ing dyke," "homosexuality is a disease," "f---ing closet het."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol throughout; drunkenness in one sequence. Marijuana is smoked.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that To Each, Her Own is a French comedy with subtitles about a young professional woman in a long-term relationship with another woman. Still closeted to her family and finding herself attracted to a man, she's confused and despairing. A series of farcical adventures help her come to terms with both her sexual orientation and her role as a woman independent from the traditions that have been thrust upon her. Sexual situations occur throughout the film. Characters kiss, disrobe (breasts are exposed), and engage in implied oral sex and off-camera sexual intercourse. Sex moves the central thread of the story. Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and overbearing parents fully impact the romantic relationships as well. Audiences can expect multiple stereotypical characters and behavior (e.g., gays, lesbians, a large Jewish family, online dating). Swearing and obscenities are used, including "f--k," "s--t," "piss," "crap," "screw," and "dyke." Alcohol is consumed in numerous scenes; in one, the heroine gets drunk. Young adults roll joints and smoke marijuana. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Too many themes, characters, and storylines distract from the emotional journey of the heroine until nothing is left but a spirited pace, some funny moments, and a shallow resolution. There are many caricatures -- gays, lesbians, Jewish families, newly assimilated African citizens, arrogant business types -- in To Each, Her Own. That, along with unabashedly racist and homophobic situations that are meant to be funny but often just feel grating, seems to have defeated what might have been an enjoyable film. As it is, it's hard to keep track of the couple who met online, the couple who are about to be married, the gay couple struggling for acceptance, let alone the adventures of Simone and Claire ... and Wali. Prepare to be confused, especially with the sudden ending, which comes out of left field.
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