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By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Profound coming-of-age drama deals with edgy topics.

Movie NR 2015 104 minutes
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Frank Hall Green's profound coming-of-age drama/adventure may often move slowly, but it delicately explores mature topics like grief and sexual abuse. Purnell shines as the misunderstood Mackenzie, who relies on facial expressions and body language to convey her angst. Although her interactions with her uncle are revealed through text messages and voicemails, it doesn't belittle the seriousness of sexual abuse. Instead, it mirrors her fear to open up to others and her desperation to find someone she can trust. And as Mackenzie ventures further into the wild, her conversations with Bart, Jeanie (Ann Dowd), and Masafumi (Tom Okamoto) help her understand that running away isn't the answer and that it takes time to heal.

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