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Breathe In Review

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  • 30

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    Village Voice Sherilyn Connelly

    Drake Doremus's Breathe In is a star-crossed romance where your enjoyment level will depend on your tolerance for what feels an awful lot like potential statutory rape.

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Doremus is an exceptional director of actors; almost every scene in Breathe In comes alive, with or without the help of music. But the film needs more help than it gets from the script, which turns on facile coincidence and dwindles in originality as it moves toward its climax. Next time around, let's hope this gifted filmmaker hangs his characters' lives on stronger dramatic bones.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Bruce Ingram

    Breathe In is all simmer, no boil, despite an abrupt, overwrought, agonizing emotional climax that’s too much, too late.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Director Drake Doremus confirms his knack for pinpointing subtle emotional tremors on fragile personal landscapes, even if some too-easy coincidences and pat dramatic moments chip away at the compressed story's credibility.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    Buoyed by some nicely nuanced performances (especially by Pearce and Amy Ryan as his dream-dashing wife), Breathe In never quite rises above its predictable potboiler premise.

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  • 80

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    Variety Peter Debruge

    While the plot — too low-key to be called a thriller — points toward obvious extramarital cliches, delicate changes in the overall mood reveal deeper truths.

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OK for kids 16+

Midlife crises, affairs, teen drinking, sex in indie drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Breathe In is an earnest indie drama about a married father going through a midlife crisis who begins an affair with the teen foreign-exchange student who has moved in with them. The movie does not shy away from teens drinking at parties and talking openly about sex. A teen boy kisses a teen girl in his car after a party; he begins making unwelcome sexual advances, and when the girl tries to leave the vehicle, he attempts to force her to stay. This boy later spreads rumors that the girl actually had sex with him, resulting in some bullying scenes in which other teen girls call her a "slut." This same girl is later shown driving drunk after a party in which -- in a moment of deep despair over what has transpired between her father and the foreign-exchange student -- she makes sexual advances toward the same boy who spread rumors about her. She ends up losing control of her car and crashing it into a tree. There's profanity ("f--k") and a slow boil of sexual undertones between the father and foreign-exchange student, culminating in touching and kissing.

  • Families can talk about how teenagers are shown in this movie. Do the scenes in which teens openly discuss (or engage in) sex and drinking seem like an accurate portrayal of what it's like for teens today? Why, or why not?
  • How is this movie similar to and different from other movies in which characters go through midlife crises?
  • Were any of the characters likable? Sympathetic? Which ones?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: About a family torn apart after the father begins an affair with the teen foreign-exchange student living in their house.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The married father has an affair with a teen foreign-exchange student. His daughter drives drunk and crashes her car into a tree.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A teen boy makes unwelcome and aggressive sexual advances on a teen girl while in a vehicle. He tries to force her to stay in the car in which they're kissing; when she opens the door, he orders her to close it. A teen girl drives under the influence of alcohol and crashes her car into a tree.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Teens talk openly of sex. A middle-aged married father begins an affair with a teen foreign-exchange student. The two openly touch and kiss. At a party, a teen girl drinks to excess, then makes sexual advances on a boy who had spread rumors about her having sex with him after a party.

  • language false3

    Language: "S--t," "f--ked." A teen girl is called a "slut" by other girls in a high school hallway after rumors spread that she had sex with a boy after a party.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens drink to excess at parties. Teen girls order drinks at a nightclub. A teen girl drinks to excess at a party, then crashes her car into a tree. A middle-aged father drinks beer with the teen foreign-exchange student living with them. Adults drink wine and beer at dinner and at a barbeque. Cigarette smoking.