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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Any attempts at positive messages feel forced.
Positive Role Models
Teens drink, smoke pot, take drugs, have one-night stands. A stepmother leaves her emotionally disturbed stepdaughter alone for weeks at a time.
Violence & Scariness
A woman is suffocated to death with a plastic bag. Gunshots, injuries as a result. A teen girl is tied to a chair, mouth covered in duct tape, and punched in the face by another teen girl. A teen girl goes into seizures before losing consciousness due to her smoothie being spiked; during the convulsions, she bleeds from her nose. A girl is made to appear dead in a Snapchat-style picture.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex between two teens during a one-night stand, no nudity. Talk of sex the morning after. A teen boy tells the male protagonist about how his girlfriend "sucked it like a champ." Brief nudity, female buttocks partially shown.
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"F--k" and variations. Regular talk about sex among teens. "Bitch," "a--hole," "douche bag," "hell," "Jesus." An ex-boyfriend of the lead female protagonist tells her boyfriend that "she sucked it like a champ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen girl peer-pressures a teen boy to take Molly at a dance club, which leads to her taking advantage of him and taking him back to her house to have sex. Underage drinking at a party. Pot smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You Get Me is a horror-thriller movie starring Bella Thorne as an emotionally disturbed stalker. Thorne's character meets her soon-to-be obsession at a party where teens are drinking and smoking pot. She eventually takes him to a dance club, where she peer-pressures him into taking drugs, which leads to a one-night stand (no nudity, but strongly implied). One teen boy tells another of a girl that "she sucked it like a champ." Violence is more on the "thriller" end of the horror movie spectrum than the gory end: A woman is suffocated with a plastic bag, someone is stabbed in the side with a poker, and an implied death is made via a Snapchat-style picture. The only scene with any blood is when a girl gets a bloody nose during a seizure after her smoothie is spiked. Swearing is frequent and includes "f--k" and its variations. Any attempts at thoughtful and nuanced discussion of mental illness, the potential long-term ramifications of casual teen sex, or anything else feel clunky and forced at best. 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 a mess from beginning to end. For starters, there are plot holes large enough to sail an aircraft carrier through. The lapses in common sense even in the warped logic of the movie are confounding and not suspenseful in the typical horror movie way where the audience feels compelled to yell, "Don't open that door!" when a murder seems imminent. Despite the attempts to realistically convey drinking and drug use among teens at parties, as well as issues like "slut shaming," casual sex versus waiting until a couple is ready, and growing up relatively poor in an otherwise affluent community, it's hard to imagine most teens -- especially teens who contend with these issues in real life -- identifying with the characters in any meaningful way. The issues feel shoehorned in, in an attempt to make characters who otherwise ooze privilege, beauty, and easy access to pristine beaches somehow as human as the rest of us.
Even forgetting all that for a moment, the storyline is so similar to so many other "stalker" movies already released that it's hard to fathom why this was made in the first place. While it seems plausible that the actors, who are at least trying to bring something to the table, could have delivered something better with a few more takes and a few more rewrites, it appears the filmmakers were more concerned with the style of getting the swimming pool lights just the right pastel shade, or the electronic dance music cued up in just the right moment. And right before it seems You Get Me might have the courage to deal honestly with mental illness in teenagers, it chickens out and just establishes that Bella Thorne's character isn't just "cray" but certifiably so. Such cavalier dismissal and exploitation of mental illness is as good an indication as any of how lazy and half-baked this movie is, and it seems like it's only intended to be fodder for late-teen frat-bros to ogle Thorne while thinking sexist thoughts about the "crazy women" they've met at their own parties.
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