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Running on Empty Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Wraps around your heart and squeezes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie features an emotionally intense theme -- two boys facing the loss of their parents at any time -- that may be unsuitable for younger or more sensitive kids. Other than that, there's one isolated outburst of profanity and a teenager crawls through a window into his girlfriend's room at night (only to talk).

  • Families can talk about the coming-of-age stories. What sort of conflicts do kids usually face in a story about making the bumpy transition from childhood to adulthood? Can you think of other such stories, either in books, in movies, or on television? How do they compare to this one? Does this movie seem like a typical coming-of-age story?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A teen crawls through a window into his girlfriend's room at night (just to talk).

What to watch for
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    Violence: Danny's parents were part in the 1971 activist bombing of a napalm lab.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: An isolated five-syllable outburst contains the "f-word."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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