A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Just because someone is suffering from mental illness doesn't mean they don't have hopes and dreams that can and should be addressed. That said, many of the laughs come at the expense of someone whose illness is left untreated and runs amok.
Positive Role Models
Though Alice suffers from mental illness and refuses to be medicated (and makes very iffy choices as a result), she has a fighting spirit that desperately wants to be happy. Her best friend, Gina, is kind and giving.
Violence & Scariness
In fits of rage and frustration, Alice throws things, screams at people, and breaks things. Two brothers get into a fist fight and go after each other, physically and verbally.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman and a man have sex; no sensitive body parts are shown. A woman appears to be giving a man oral sex (no private parts shown). A woman strips naked and walks through a casino, fully naked (pubic hair and breasts shown).
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Frequent use of everything from "damn" and "s--t" to "f--k" and "c--t."
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Products & Purchases
Products/brands mentioned or seen include Apple, O Magazine, Abilify, Dodge, Sony, Toyota, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are seen drinking and smoking pot. Prescription medicine (and Alice's refusal to take it) plays a role.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although Welcome to Me stars Kristen Wiig and has funny scenes/moments, it deals with serious subjects and is ultimately a somewhat disturbing dramedy about what untreated mental illness really looks like. In one scene, a woman parades stark naked (breasts, pubic area visible) through a Las Vegas casino. Other scenes show her having sex and administering oral sex (no sensitive body parts on view, though it's clear what she's doing). There's also plenty of swearing, including "f--k" and "c--t," some angry outbursts and fights, and scenes in which adult characters drink and smoke weed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
WELCOME TO ME is irreverent, funny, and moving, and Wiig carries off a complicated role with aplomb and confidence. But you'll pay for all of that with a sense of discomfort that will lodge itself into your conscience midway through the film and clamor for recognition by the end. There's no denying the film's unusual plot and refreshing script, but it's hard to shake the fact that the laughs sometimes come at the expense of a very ill character, one who's given free reign to destroy and yet gets an ending that glosses over the consequences of her actions and attempts to wrap it all up in a neat bow. Alice Klieg deserves a more nuanced, complex resolution to her story.
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