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Cool Kids of Death Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Terminal case of cliches. Read full review

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  • 3.0

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The most banal and indulgent of Gus Van Sant's periodic studies of troubled kids, this agonizingly treacly tale comes off like an indie version of "Love Story" except with worse music.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Annabel and Enoch learn from each other, even as time ticks away and the end draws near. Weeping is invited, but by no means required.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Restless is a self-consciously quirky coming-of-age tale that's essentially a teenage hipster "Love Story."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All of the performances are pitched correctly. Nobody pushes too hard. Nobody underlines anything. Perhaps calmed by Van Sant, the characters seem peaceful, not troubled (as they should be).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Story of young, tragic love gets emotional, intense.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic indie drama about young, tragic love may well appeal to teens, though it deals candidly and often sadly with illness and death -- which can make it feel heavy and a bit intense at times. There's some swearing (including "s--t"), war imagery/discussion, and kissing/cuddling. It's implied that the two main characters have sex, though nothing graphic is shown, and their relationship is very sweet overall.

  • Families can talk about how the film handles its subject matter. Is it too frank about death? Does it exploit the topic?
  • In the movie, two young people fall in love despite many challenges and appear to have sex. Does the film portray this experience realistically? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values relating to sex and relationships.

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The subject matter is a bummer, but the message is clearly positive: Enjoy your moments here on Earth, because the proverbial clock is ticking. And don't let your past haunt your present.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Annabel is amazingly brave and accepting of her fate despite her young age. Enoch has many hang-ups, but he doesn't really let them get in the way of falling in love.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: In one scene, young adults chase after another to try to get even. There's talk about how one kid beat up another, though viewers don't see the encounter. A supporting character is a kamikaze pilot, and there's some discussion of what their responsibilities entail. There are also some references to seppuku, a ritual suicide involving swords. Brief scenes of carnage from World War II.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A young couple in love spends the night together in what appears to be their first sexual encounter, but there's no nudity (though she undresses, only her shoulders are visible), and the sex is implied rather than shown. Viewers see them snuggling under a blanket and kissing.

  • language false2

    Language: Infrequent use of words including "s--t" and "hell."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Labels/products shown include Mitsubishi, Toyota, M&Ms, Fluffernutter, Red Vines, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A party appears to be rowdy, and there are vague hints about guests being slightly intoxicated.