Your Name

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Stunning but mature animated body-swapping love story.
  • PG
  • 2017
  • 107 minutes
 Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Reveals how people can help each other, how falling in love is really about truly getting to know someone, who they are, what they think, ane what's important to them. Promotes strong bonds between friends and family members; themes include compassion, curiosity, and empathy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Taki and Mitsuha are both courageous and must overcome their fear of what's happening with their body-switching to help each other and the people of Mitsuha's town. Taki and Mitsuha each have friends who help them on their journeys.

Violence

A meteor hits a small town and destroys it, killing 500 people. A character realizes that someone he loves has died. In one sequence, it seems like people have been hurt again. Taki (as Mitsuha) roughly grabs her father by the neck. She also falls off of a bike, and the bike crashes into a ditch. Mitsuha (as Taki) falls off his bed and hurts himself.

Sex

Taki touches Mitsuha's breasts every time he wakes up as her, and her sister catches Mitsuha touching "her boobies." Taki looks at "his" (but really Mitsuha's) body in the mirror; the camera angle shows her bare back and underwear. Mitsuha also touches herself between the legs when she wakes up as Taki and momentarily freaks out. Taki has a crush on his co-worker and blushes/is embarrassed in her presence. Taki and Mitsuha begin to have strong feelings for each other and fall in love, but there's nothing sexual. Teshi and Saya are always together and clearly have feelings for each other, but they pretend not to -- until the epilogue.

Language

A few insults and exclamations: "Son of a..." (doesn't get finished), "pervert," "weird," "stupid," "boobies." A father tells his daughter to "shut up" a couple of times.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One older teen/young adult character smokes a cigarette. Adult characters drink sake at a gathering, and Taki drinks a shot of a special, sacred form of sake to commune with Mitsuha.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Your Name is an animated Japanese romance (dubbed in English) about two teens -- one a city a boy, the other a small-town girl -- who intermittently wake up in each other's bodies. The movie is part sci-fi/fantasy and part romance and is best suited for mature tweens and teens. Although it's animated, the themes and storyline aren't going to appeal to younger audiences, who may not be ready for some of the issues related to waking up in a different body. There are several scenes of Mitsuha touching "his" breasts when he wakes up in Taki's body, and the first time Taki wakes up as Mitsuha, "she" inspects his parts as well. An older teen smokes, adults drink at a gathering, and there's occasional insulting language like "shut up," "stupid," and "pervert." At the same time, themes include compassion, curiosity, and empathy, and there's a clear message about what it really means to fall in love with someone.

User Reviews

Parent of a 13 year old Written byteejtee April 20, 2017

Instant classic!

Instantly made it into my top 10 movies ever (not just anime). My 13 year old son and I are big Miyazaki fans and this is up there with the best of them. We bot... Continue reading
Adult Written byIsabeldancing April 9, 2017

Good Movie

I watched it English subbed and it's very good, Waring for parents when they do swap bodies they touch there breasts and takes the clothes off(but doesn... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymovielover728 April 10, 2017

The greatest anime movie. EVER

This is probably going to be my longest review ever, because I have so much to say about this beautiful piece of art. I had heard of this movie when it origina... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 17, 2017

BEST. MOVIE. EVER!

This movie is legit!!! I think it didn't have too much swearing, but it was definitely a love story that only kids 12+ would understand. The animation is b... Continue reading

What's the story?

YOUR NAME follows two Japanese teens -- big-city boy Taki (Michael Sinterniklaas) and rural girl Mitsuha (Stephanie Sheh) -- who mysteriously wake up one morning in each other's bodies. Mitsuha has dreams of life beyond her provincial town and wishes to be a handsome Tokyo boy, and she seems to get her wish. Although at first she thinks it's just a detailed dream, because the teens don't know when they'll wake up as each other. It lasts only from the time they each wake up until they fall asleep, and it could happen up to a few times a week. Whey they realize it's "really" happening, they begin to leave reports in each other's cell phones, recounting important events. Mitsuha helps Taki get closer to his crush, a beautiful older server at the restaurant where he works, while Taki helps Mitsuha become more assertive, extroverted, and athletic. Eventually, though, they begin to have feelings for each other, since they know each other so well. But when Mitsuha and Taki try to find each other as themselves, it becomes clear something is wrong.

Is it any good?

Stunningly animated and well acted, this extraordinary Japanese coming-of-age tale is equal parts body-swap comedy, time-travel romance, and adventure film. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai and based on his own novel, the story is engrossing enough to appeal to older tweens, teens who might think they've graduated from of animated movies, and adults who appreciate well-crafted animation. The parts are familiar -- two people who mysteriously trade bodies, a love/hate romance that blossoms from notes and messages, and a disaster film in which a few realize the danger and must convince everyone else. But how Shinkai weaves these pieces together is original, compelling, and unforgettable.

It sounds contradictory, but this is a sweeping love story in which the couple doesn't really meet, yet knows intimate details about each other. Taki and Mitsuha understand nearly everything about each other because they've literally been each other. It's one of the reasons it's so amusing and entertaining to watch the montage of them getting frustrated with each other. And while there's a running gag about Mitsuha "loving her boobies" (when she wakes up as Taki), it's depicted as humorous curiosity, rather than prurient or off-putting. Like the older-skewing Studio Ghibli titles, Your Name is a perfect choice for middle schoolers and up who will appreciate the combination of adventure and romance in a way that younger viewers aren't mature enough to enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Your Name's messages. What is the story trying to say about the difference between a big-city teen and one from a small town?

  • Who do you think is a role model in the movie? What makes them courageous and/or empathetic? Why are those important character strengths?

  • Discuss the love story in Your Name. What age audience is it aimed at? Why do you think that?

  • What does the movie have to say about gender? How do the two main characters react to being in the body of someone of the opposite sex? How do you think you'd feel?

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