Parents' Guide to

Z for Zachariah

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Postapocalyptic sci-fi drama focuses on flawed characters.

Movie PG-13 2015 95 minutes
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age 16+

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age 18+

Explicit and unpleasant sex

I think the reviewer must have popped out for a cup of tea mid movie, because the one sex scene between a drunk and confused young girl and an unscrupulous older man is quite explicit, and unpleasant. The movie is not a "love" triangle. There is very little love involved. The them e is what would happen if the last three people alive were two men and an innocent girl. 14 year olds just wouldn't get it.
age 14+

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This postapocalyptic drama does away with mutated monsters, evil power mongers, chases, explosions, and grisly effects and simply, effectively focuses on the deeds and emotions of three people. Robbie is wonderful, embodying a kind of spiritual, earthy innocence, while her beauty sneaks out almost as if by itself. Ejiofor plays a similarly complex role, patient and kind, but with a dark side, and Pine is efficient as a smoldering bad boy.

Z FOR ZACHARIAH doesn't delve into its backdrop very deeply, and it doesn't really use its essence as part of the love triangle. The characters' story seems to happen all on its own, regardless of the state of the world; there's very little feeling of the threat lurking at the edges of the story. But the movie's efforts to zoom in on its characters and forgo sci-fi cliches are admirable and efficient. The characters' strong chemistry and conflict are enough to make this one worth seeing.

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