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Lymelife Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Affecting indie drama takes on mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intense indie drama perfectly captures the chaos of adolescence, from the body changes that teens experience to their struggle to grasp both the concept and reality of love. That said, it deals with mature themes, including infidelity, chronic illness, and marital discord, with adults seeming as confounded by love and life as the teens. There's lots of swearing and talk about sex, plus some partial nudity. There are also intimations of violence and a persistent sense of sadness and tragedy.

  • Families can talk about whether this movie offers a more realistic look at teen life than other films or TV shows do. Why or why not? How does it approach teen relationships? What role does sex play? Families can also discuss what's happening to the characters. Why are Scott's parents growing distant from each other? And how does their tenuous marriage affect their sons? Does Scott's relationship with his older brother help or hurt his ability to cope with the problems his parents have?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A man and a women married to others have an affair and are found out by their children. A woman appears insensitive to her ailing husband's pain. A man copes with his physical challenges by lying to his family and smoking weed. A boy bullies another and beats him up, though he gets his comeuppance later. A man talks about the importance of making money and wants to buy bigger and better things for his family. On the positive side, a friendship between two teens appears to create a haven from the storm created by their personal lives.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A bully kicks and punches a classmate, whose brother then teaches him a lesson that hurts, physically and emotionally. A man skulks around with a rifle, ostensibly to shoot a deer. A son confronts his father, and the exchange nearly turns violent. Couples scream at and fight with each other.

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    Sex: Two fairly explicit scenes -- one of a couple having sex on a staircase, and another, more tender, scene of teens making love for the first time. Teens also talk about sex, and there's some passionate kissing. Some partial nudity, but more noises and close-up shots of characters reacting. One character looks at porn and appears to be aroused.

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    Language: Fairly frequent use of words like "tight-ass," "bitch," and "motherf--ker."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man relies on marijuana to ease his pain. Some social drinking.