Parents' Guide to

Upside Down

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sci-fi romance has great visuals but poor storytelling.

Movie PG-13 2013 100 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Good movie with good moral

age 10+

Beautiful but confusing

The visuals are really pretty. They did a great job with the CGI. But the story telling is really confusing. The ending felt rushed and I had to read the Wikipedia page to understand it. And what happens to Transworld? Do they get overthrown and do the lower people get helped out of poverty? How?! Just BAM! They got together and are expecting twins, oh and everyone else is happy.

Is It Any Good?

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Award-winning Argentinean short film director Juan Solanas' English-language feature debut will surely wow audiences with awesome visuals, but floor them with terrible storytelling. The movie begins with the hero (Jim Sturgess) explaining the rules of the universe to us and then spends the next 98 minutes trying to avoid and/or ignore those rules. It can make a viewer's head spin trying to ask questions about how and why anything works.

If, somehow, viewers can forgive and get beyond the flimsy rules of this sci-fi universe, then they have the icky, overcooked romance to contend with. The exchanges between the two main characters are cringe inducing. Worse than failing to generate chemistry, it's a wonder how the one-dimensional Eden would ever look twice at the weird, creepy Adam (Sturgess' performance is irritatingly unbalanced). By the time the final narration kicks in, it's hard not to groan.

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