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Weathering with You

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Charming, romantic, powerful anime fantasy has some edge.
  • PG-13
  • 2020
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Encourages teamwork and strong bonds between friends -- looking after and protecting one another, being there through difficult times, celebrating happy times, etc. Also promotes inter-generational connections (Suga is like an uncle figure to Hodaka, and Natsumi an older sister type) and values the overwhelming nature of first (teen) love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hodaka is caring and kind, brave and protective. He's willing to put himself in danger in order to take care of Hina and her little brother. But he's also a runaway, and it's never explained why, at 16, he left home for Tokyo. Hina is courageous and thoughtful; she takes care of her brother and befriends Hodaka. But she's also keeping secrets about her abilities and her age. Natsumi and Suga watch over Hodaka when they can and give him a place to stay. The movie is based in Japan, so it represents Tokyo (city) culture.

Violence

Hodaka is nearly swept away by a storm that hits a passenger boat, but he's rescued. He's beaten up a few different times (kicked, punched) in escalating armed confrontations -- by the strip club goons and also by the cops. He shoots a gun in two confrontations but doesn't hit anyone. He's bloody and bruised. The weather can get violent and eventually threatens Hodaka and Hina.

Sex

A 16-year-old is caught looking at young women's bodies a few times, and one character says "You looked at my boobs" twice (there are close-ups of her legs and cleavage). Teens share longing looks and hold hands. A young woman partially undresses, not for sexual reasons but to show that her body is magically transforming (the outline of her body is visible). There's a big crush and some romance; hugging and hand holding shown. Two men try to persuade a young woman to give their "sex club" a try because she'll get paid right away. Hodaka believes an older man and a younger woman are in a sexual/adulterous relationship.

Language

Occasional language includes one "a--hole," one "bulls--t," plus "bastard," "brat," "stupid," "darn," "what the heck," "dummy," "who the hell."

Consumerism

Despite being animated, there are several brands visible in the movie: McDonald's, Yahoo! Japan, Apple products (iPhone, MacBook), Honda, Pepsi, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adult characters occasionally drink and smoke cigarettes. A young woman snaps at her uncle that he "smoked a pack of cigarettes and got drunk." An adult offers a 16-year-old main character beer. One character is visibly drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Weathering with You is a teen-friendly animated adventure from Japanese filmmaker Makoto Shinkai (Your Name). It follows 16-year-old runaway Hodaka (voiced by Kotaro Daigo), who finds a home and a job as a reporter in Tokyo, where he falls for beautiful teen orphan Hina (Nana Mori), who can magically change the weather when she prays. The movie (available either subtitled or dubbed in English) should appeal to manga-loving tweens and teens, especially those who enjoy romance with folktale/fantasy elements. Expect occasional language ("bulls--t," "a--holes," "bastard," "hell") and some suggestive material: Men want a teen girl to work at a strip club, a teen guy thinks a college-aged woman is an older man's mistress, and a young woman reveals her body under a robe (but it's transforming into water). The action/violence includes Hodaka getting bruised in street fights, shooting a gun to scare off those who are trying to hurt him, and a chase scene. Romance is mostly focused on an obvious crush, but not much more than an embrace and hand holding is shown. With themes of courage and teamwork, the movie also values the strong bonds between friends.

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Adult Written bysanobod January 20, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written byJoshuasf10 January 20, 2020

With stunning visuals and a compelling narrative, this anime is a cinematic masterpiece

An an anime fan, I must say that this is one of my favorite films I've seen so far. The film features complex character development throughout a story that... Continue reading

What's the story?

WEATHERING WITH YOU is a Japanese animated romantic fantasy about Hodaka Morishima (voiced by Kotaro Daigo), a 16-year-old boy who runs away to Tokyo and ends up meeting and falling for Hina (Nana Mori), a mysterious teenage orphan who's caring for her younger brother and can manipulate the weather. Hodaka nearly dies during a storm on his journey to Tokyo but is saved by Mr. Suga (Shun Oguri), who offers Hodaka his business card. After a sketchy time looking for work, Hodaka seeks help from Mr. Suga, who offers him room and board in exchange for housework and his reporting skills. With Tokyo suffering from too many days of rain, Hodaka is assigned a story about the legend of "weather maidens" -- girls who can supernaturally cause either sunshine or storms. Soon after, Hodaka realizes that Hina can pray the rain away and bring sunshine to areas around her. Hodaka helps Hina come up with a way to market her "Sunshine Girl" skills, but the more she does it, the more it becomes clear that there's a personal cost to her supernatural abilities. (An English-dubbed version of the film is available, but this review is based on the subtitled original.)

Is it any good?

Writer-director Makoto Shinkai has crafted another charming, visually impressive animated story that's both magical and romantic. This movie, like Shinkai's Your Name, is an exploration of friendship, family, and folklore, as well as a slow-burning first love story. There's also an underlying but not heavy-handed environmentalist message about the way weather can affect people and even cause disaster. Hodaka's coming-of-age plot burns brightest, as does the blooming romance between him and Hina. Irresistibly sweet and brave (if occasionally too courageous for his own good), Hodaka is easy to root for, even though Shinkai doesn't delve into the reasons he runs away from home.

The music includes soaring J-pop songs that are subtitled and nicely accompany major turning points in the movie. And the supernatural sequences are stunning with swirling storms and fires. Hina is portrayed as a special, beautiful force of good, and it's plain to see why she's a beloved older sister -- and Hodaka's crush. Fans of Japanese anime won't need much convincing to see Weathering with You, but it should also appeal to older tweens, teens, and adults who appreciate more mature animation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether you prefer to watch foreign-language animated films in their original language with subtitles or dubbed into your language. What makes one more appealing than the other?

  • Who in Weathering with You do you consider a role model? What character strengths do they display?

  • Discuss the romance in the movie. What do you think about the way the relationship between Hodaka and Hina progresses?

  • What are the movie's messages about friendship and family? What do you think about how the movie ends?

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