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Yes, God, Yes

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Amusing (if dated) teen comedy with sex talk, acts, chats.

Movie R 2020 108 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Biker girl is bae

The biker girl in the bar scene with the main character is by far the best character of the movie. She is so relatable and a great example. If you watch this movie, I would suggest skipping the entire movie and only watching the bar scene, because everything else is irrevelant. Biker girl is the best, and every young girl should try to be like her.
age 15+

Great messages

This was a very good movie about a teen seeing some of the downfalls of the Catholic Church and questioning her beliefs it promotes vulnerability and openness. Although there are a few mature scenes it is mature enough for a 15 year old to handle

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (9 ):

This well-written and performed sex-themed coming-of-age comedy is funny and amusingly quaint considering how much more open teens are 20 years after the movie's post-Y2K era. Despite being 25, Dyer is still youthful enough to believably play an older teen whose experiences with sex are mostly through pop culture (the Titanic car scene!) rather than real life. Alice is both amusingly naive and curious. She doesn't want to be labeled or judged, but she's undeniably interested in sex and arousal -- within the safe confines of a hot classmate. Writer-director Karen Maine -- who based the film partially on her own experiences -- depicts Alice's struggles as a commentary on the Catholic church's focus on abstinence until marriage, as well as the general sexism involved in high school sexual politics (Alice is shamed for purportedly doing something amoral and "vixenish" with a guy at a party).

Yes, God, Yes is set around the year 2000, with Titanic obsession, one classmate's love of Blink 182's 1999 album Enema of the State, and the old-fashioned technology (desktops, dial-ups, and AOL Instant Messenger) serving as the main clues to the timeline. Alice also mentions Oakley sunglasses, uses a flip phone, and references a few other popular-at-the-time items, but this isn't a movie that's steeped in nostalgia like Dyer's most famous project, Stranger Things. Maine's comedy is about sex, school, sexism, religion, and figuring out that sometimes well-meaning adults and friendly classmates are actually judgmental hypocrites. There's a lot to unpack, all of it unfavorable to the church and the patriarchy, and, while witty, the movie also seems almost safe by Gen Z standards. Many of today's high schoolers are more progressive and understanding regarding everything from gender identity and expression to sexual orientation to women's rights, so it's unclear who the ideal audience is for Yes, God, Yes. Still, it's entertaining and well executed enough that Maine should continue to chronicle adolescence and young adulthood.

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