Wish I Was Here

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Messy but moving dramedy has mature themes.

R 2014 124 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 16+

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 16+

Terrible - definitely NOT a family comedy to watch with kids!

We borrowed the DVD of this film to watch one rainy day with the kids during the summer holidays. This rainy day arrived today, so we all settled down to treat ourselves with what is advised as a "Comedy" suitable from the ages of 6+. We have a 9- and a 12-year-old, so it seemed appropriate to watch a comedy about (and with the) family. So, in scene 1, there are about half a dozen F-bombs being dropped, from F--K, over f-----g to f---head. Really not okay. But hey, the family in the film have a swear box and discuss cursing, so perhaps this was to make a (albeit very heavy handed) point about it? Unfortunately, the only person that was truly upset by the father's incessant effing and blinding was the daughter, ca. 11 years old, and she was very much belittled by both parents for it. Scene 2 - the father drives his kids to their private Jewish school and makes fun of the Jewish religion (perhaps the director thought it was okay to do that given that the family were obviously Jewish, but come on!) and the rabbis. Very much made all of us uncomfortable. But not as uncomfortable as my husband and I felt when said father starts smoking weed in the school's car park and gets caught by one of the teachers. Ugh! How fun explaining that one when the 12 year old asked us why Jewish people weren't allowed to smoke. Oh, but they are. "So why is he hiding that little cigarette from the teacher?" Thanks for that. The final straw was scene 4 (about 15 mins into the movie) when the father is caught, literally with his pants down in front of a laptop watching..... yes, you got the idea. He's got by the children's grandfather, and this is when we decided that it is distinctly NOT a film suitable for children under 16. We are very cross that the European packaging of the DVD states 6+, and as a result our local library stocked it under "family friendly films". AWFUL.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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