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Stephanie Daley Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

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  • 4.0
    77

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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    With a calmness that bespeaks confidence, this small, spellbinding second feature by Hilary Brougher brings together two women, trapped in separate states of denial and distress, who manage to end each other's entrapment.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A muted psychological mystery where filmmaker Hilary Brougher's interest in "solving" a possible crime is superseded by her investigation into matters involving denial, free will and the physical and emotional burdens of pregnancy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The film itself is dark and chilling, if occasionally plodding, but worth seeing for the absorbing potency of its main performances.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A stark, painful drama about pregnancy--a subject rarely treated this fully, candidly or tragically.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Some cases should never come to trial, because no verdict would be adequate. You are likely to be discussing this film long into the night.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The scary culminating flashback, in which Stephanie gives birth -- in a public restroom, on a high school ski trip -- is a marvel of authentic disturbance.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Sobering infanticide drama is too much for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this affecting indie drama tackles the subject of teen pregnancy with frankness and near-complete honesty, which may make it overwhelming for teens, since nothing is sugar-coated. Nevertheless, it does so with an admirable lack of judgment, instead presenting the story with its sometimes-overwhelming complexity and sadness intact. It's a heavy movie, one that may bring on more questions than answers, and disturbing questions at that. There's some swearing, drinking, and sexuality, but the sobering subject matter is the big issue here.

  • Families can talk about how this movie portrays teen pregnancy and its consequences. Does it seem realistic to you? How does it compare to other movies' or TV shows' take on the issue? How does the film differ from press reports about infanticide? How are teen moms suspected of killing their babies portrayed in the media? Are they victims, victimizers, or both? Families can also discuss how the movie deals with sex. When Stephanie had sex, did it seem like an exciting moment or a problematic one? Why did she have sex? Was she pressured? Do you think she knew she was pregnant? If so, why do you think she kept it a secret? Is complete honesty difficult to achieve with parents? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Very manipulative seduction scene; a married woman kisses her husband's friend; a married man appears to be having an affair (or is at least considering it); Stephanie gives birth in a bathroom and later discusses what she did with the baby.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Stephanie gives birth in a bathroom stall, and the frightening experience marches across her face. Blood coats her fingers and clothes. Lydie crashes into a deer.

  • sex false3

    Sex: No out-and-out nudity, but a teen boy skillfully persuades Stephanie into having sex -- an act that ends in a discomfortingly aloof manner. Some kissing and petting.

  • language false3

    Language: Some uses of "s--t," along with the occasional "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Underage drinking and occasional marijuana use. Some discussion of drinking scotch, and pregnant Lydie holds a glass of wine and talks about missing drinking.

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