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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Screaming matches, insults, and raw expressions of emotion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity -- female breasts, male buttocks. Man shown masturbating in his bedroom, no nudity. Graphic talk about the first time a couple had sex, and the first time they had sex in the male character's bedroom. Talk of masturbation. Talk of pornography. A clandestine homosexual relationship is a plot point.
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Frequent profanity. "F--k" and variations used several times. "S--t," "a--hole," "balls," "hell," "bitch," "crap," "piss."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Binge drinking throughout the movie. Cigarette smoking. Marijuana smoking. Characters buy and take pills while in a nightclub.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island? is a 2019 Spanish drama in which four longtime flatmates make a shocking discovery on their last night living together. Throughout the movie, the four lead characters binge drink -- first in a nightclub and then later when they go back to their apartment. The binge drinking drives the actions and conflicts that emerge after one of the characters asks the titular question of the movie. There's also frequent cigarette smoking. Some marijuana smoking. Characters buy and take pills while at a nightclub. Frequent profanity, including "f--k" and variations. Some nudity -- female breasts, male buttocks. Man shown masturbating in his bedroom, no nudity. Overall, this is a coming-of-age movie that seems a bit lighthearted at first, but then takes a dark turn when repressed feelings and the truth of a clandestine homosexual relationship between two of the characters emerges, leading to screaming matches, insults, and raw expressions of emotion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At first, this comes off as a decent-enough coming-of-age movie about four young adults who have lived and partied together. Something like Trainspotting (sans the heroin) meets The Real World. The characters are more or less familiar archetypes -- brooding writer, remorseful party girl, etc. -- who are clearly on the verge of changing more than just their place of residence. They all go out together for one last night of nightclubbing, boozing, and drug taking. It all seems familiar and safely within the purview of countless indie movies. But then, around the halfway point, the movie shifts into a dramatic turn -- explosive, uncomfortable, and thoroughly engaging -- and the expected becomes unexpected, intense, and gripping.
The movie is based on a play, and as it moves into the second half, it's easy to see the play's roots as the story relies on the incredible acting of the four lead characters. With less-skilled actors, Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island? could easily come off as mawkish and overblown, but the overall effect is like a tornado ripped through the apartment of the four lead characters, and the immediate aftermath is shocking in how everything seems to fall apart so quickly. And yet, unlike so many coming-of-age movies that make the dreams and ambitions of the characters into a zero-sum game of either pursuing one's dreams or else compromising with a dead-end job to make ends meet, the denouement offers a ray of hope that there is, in fact, a possibility for creative life after adulthood.
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