Parents' Guide to

Train Ride

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful, still-relevant drama about sexual assault.

Movie R 2000 93 minutes
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Years after its initial release, Train Ride remains, sadly, all too relevant. Perhaps even more so, as the #MeToo movement continues to call attention to sexual assault and harassment, toxic masculinity, and society's inaction for far too long. The dialogue comes across as realistic, and the acting is excellent, even as it's noticeable that Wood Harris (best known as Avon Barksdale on The Wire) and MC Lyte are doing most of the heavy lifting. The movie's depictions of horrible male behavior and peer pressure show the devastating effects of poor judgment.

It's a low-budget movie whose lack of funds seem to enhance the story rather than diminish. The direction is assured throughout, and gives the actors plenty of space to tell the story. The story delivers the message, and Train Ride never slips into the heavy-handed preachiness of an after-school special. For parents who came up in 90s and their kids who might be entering college, this movie is an opportunity to take stock in what has or hasn't changed in the years since its release, and how far we still have to go.

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