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My Summer of Love Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Pawlikowski has made a romance that becomes a horror movie in which love, more than anything around it, is a delusionary fever to fear.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    An intriguing, if meandering, escape from the summer blockbusters.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Some of the metaphors are a bit too literal but the director largely succeeds with his story and the surprises are convincing. Best of all the film has a terrific sense of humor and the young actresses exploit it delightfully.

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Iffy for 15+

Coming of age story; older teens and adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie features instances of smoking, drinking, and drug use (including mushrooms), some rough language (including "f--k"), some experimentation with a Ouija board and discussion of anorexia, arguments over religious faith (the brother has been born again in prison and imposes it on his sister), a sex scene between a 16-year-old girl and her married male lover, and a lesbian relationship between two high school students. For mature viewers, the film offers a complicated look at belief and desire, and terrific performances by the young leads. The movie includes brief violence, when the brother grabs a girl by the throat, and when one girl learns the other has been lying and tries to drown her.

  • Families can talk about the relationship between orphaned Mona and her brother: how might they alleviate tensions by discussing their differences? How is her hope that he'll be "like he was" before prison both unrealistic and understandable? How does she see his efforts to protect her as efforts to control her? How does the film show problems caused by deceit -- between siblings, friends, and lovers? How does Mona's yearning for escape lead her to believe promises that can't be true?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Girls lie and taunt others.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Angry grabbing of throats and pushing.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sixteen-year-old girl has brief sex with married male lover, two girls have drug-hazy sex, none explicit.

  • language false5

    Language: Some use of the f-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking, drinking, drugs, briefly shown.