A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love pops up in the strangest places. Grab your opportunities when they arise. Start small and big things might happen.
Positive Role Models
Daniel's older brother Darren calls home from jail and it's clear being arrested is nothing new. Daniel refuses to replace his brother in a questionable quick-money scheme, but under his mother's pressure agrees. He and Ellie break into a home and steal cash, food, and clothing. A girl jumps a subway turnstile. Criminals are all trying to double-cross each other. A woman steals something valuable from her ex. A girl plans to double-cross a partner, then changes her mind.
Violence & Scariness
Danny and Ellie walk through an unlocked door into a stranger's home, take cash lying on the table, some clothes, and food.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A guy remembers the girl who touched his penis on a bet in high school. A girl reports the number of men she's slept with. A man offers a girl a place to sleep, adding that he has a queen-sized bed, implying he'd like to have sex with her. Sleeping in a cold shed, two people snuggle to stay warm and promise no sex will be involved.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bitch,""greaseball," "screwed up," and "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tramps is a Netflix Original about a girl escaping a difficult past and a boy trying to break free of a shady family. They get thrown together as minor figures in a heist and, when it goes wrong, find friendship and perhaps more. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch," and adults smoke cigarettes and gamble. Sex is discussed, but a sexual relationship between the two protagonists isn't assured. A guy remembers the girl in high school who touched his penis on a bet. A fuzzy criminal enterprise is the movie's secondary story, but the softening of the two leads and the way they slowly open up to each other gives this an unexpected sweetness. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though although oddly titled, this is a well-made and thoughtful drama, directed by Adam Leon with a seemingly hands-off naturalism, allowing good actors to tell a human story. It would be difficult to predict from its opening moments in a seedy New York City apartment -- where a mother and son run a little homemade horse-race gambling parlor -- that Tramps is headed for a hopeful rebirth for two twenty-somethings escaping lousy childhoods. The patient viewer will earn a payoff of redemption and sweetness at the end. Sticklers may note that the central heist involves switching two briefcases but after the initial foul-up, the switch is never mentioned again, signaling that that irrelevant device existed only to provide the mistake that sets the action in motion. Grace Van Patten at 20 possesses an admirable focus and inner strength, and looks a bit like Shailene Woodley. English actor Callum Turner unerringly portrays gawkiness and speaks in a perfect American accent, never mind convincing snippets of Polish spoken to his character's family.
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