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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Usually people are neither all good nor all bad.
Positive Role Models
Marcus is extremely bright, gifted, hardworking, loyal. Holly, though from a troubled home, is an independent and fearless person. Grant learns from his mistakes. Steven and Clay make mistakes but seem to learn from them.
Violence & Scariness
Drug dealers with guns threaten and shoot people. Several people end up dead of gunshot wounds. A body is buried in the woods. A high school senior humiliates a small first-year student. A kid with bows and arrows shoots and wounds a villain. People are shot; bloody wounds are seen. A bloody body is seen. Two high school seniors fight over a girl. A girl creates a loud diversion so that her friend can steal a phone. A father is abusive.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss. A phone starts making sexual moaning sounds.
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"F--k," "s--t," and "d--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug dealers operate in schools.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What We Found is a mystery in which bright high schoolers are steps ahead of the authorities investigating a crime. It's also a story about friendship and the difficulties of growing up. For the most part, the kids are admirable, and even some bad guys try to be their best selves. Expect some language ("f--k," "s--t," and "d--k"), as well as bullying, drug-dealing, police corruption, murder, and violence. Drug dealers with guns threaten and shoot people. Several people end up dead of gunshot wounds. A body is buried in the woods. Bloody wounds and a bloody body are seen. Drug dealers operate in schools. A father is abusive. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is engaging, largely thanks to adroit editing and natural performances by Jordan Hall as the brainy Marcus and Oona Lawrence as his courageous and plucky best friend Holly. For undersized ninth grader Marcus, high school is a scary place, filled with large and menacing bullies, and we can believe that he would keep his problems to himself, given that his single mother is a night shift nurse busy making ends meet.
But at times credibility is strained when he takes on a bit too much for a kid, even a kid trying to protect his overtaxed mom. Complaints are minor, but in the movie's effort to suggest that even bullies can be nice and even corrupt people can turn around and do the right thing, it sometimes feels as if characters have changed unrecognizably by the end of What We Found.
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