A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A classic example of Leo Tolstoy's observation: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Ultimately shows that even families with the most intense challenges can unearth the means and motivation to survive. Promotes honesty, open communication, and trust in the face of lifelong struggles.
Positive Role Models
Characters are forced to deal with tragic circumstances, mental illness, and the effects of ongoing miscommunication. They often appear to crumble in the face of adversity, but a measure of resilience helps them begin to overcome their family's hardships.
Violence & Scariness
Several tragic accidents and an act of violence occur. A character attempts suicide by plummeting from a window. Car accidents result in injuries and presumed fatalities. Sexual assault on a child is implicit. Spoiler alert: a sympathetic character shoots and kills a detestable man.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The plot (and lots of conversation) centers on multiple issues related to sex: sexual assault of a minor, homosexuality, a teen's first sexual experience, an abusive male-female relationship. Teens engage in pre- and post-sexual activity (no nudity). Kissing and embracing occur in a variety of gender relationships.
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Occasional swearing and profanity: "f--k," "hell," "ass," "s--t," "boobies," "get laid."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke, drink, use prescription medication. Multiple characters have bipolar disorder and use prescription drugs. Teens smoke marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that We Don't Belong Here portrays a modern-day, broken family in crisis. Bipolar disorder, struggles with homosexuality, teen sexual awakening, and the dire consequences of miscommunication lie at the heart of this intense drama. The Green family must confront old hurts and dark secrets. Violent sequences include: tragic car accidents, a suicide attempt, gunfire, and several murky memories of a sexual assault on a child. Characters (including minors) drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or marijuana, and/or are reliant on prescription medications. Sexual situations are part of the tapestry of the story: a teen couple is shown before and after a first sexual experience; there is both heterosexual and homosexual kissing and embracing. Occasional profanity is heard ("f--k," "s--t," "ass," "boobies," "get laid"), and frank sexual conversations take place. Complicated, deeply intimate, and often confounding, this very mature movie is not for kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sincerity and strong performances aren't enough to make this complex story, with its many disturbing events and deeply troubled characters, coherent and satisfying. Peer Pedersen, in his first directorial effort, works with his own script as he tries to illuminate some of the weighty issues that challenge 21st century families. He uses a variety of cinematic devices to tell his tale in We Don't Belong Here. Some work, at least to a degree. Others are misleading and further obscure what is already a perplexing plot. A particularly jarring sequence, which requires the actors to reach great depths in their performances, ends up as a dishonest exercise. One can applaud the efforts and integrity of the creative team, but still report that there's simply too much packed into this bleak story of a disintegrating family to make it rewarding. Noteworthy as one of actor Anton Yelchin's final performances. Not for kids.
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