A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Occasional language includes one "a--hole," one "bulls--t," plus "bastard," "brat," "stupid," "darn," "what the heck," "dummy," "who the hell."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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