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Living a teenage bad dream. Read full review


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  • 4.0

    out of 100

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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Wonderfully funny and subversively affecting.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film is so self-conscious it seems to be dictating your every reaction.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Writer-director Richard Ayoade's feature debut is witty and quirky, with a gripping performance by Paddy Considine.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Indie coming-of-age dramedy tackles some big issues.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this coming-of-age dramedy based on a 2008 novel by Joe Dunthorne, which is set in Wales in the 1980s, is heavy on language (including "f--k" and "s--t") and sexual innuendo/talk; most of these characters have sex on the brain throughout the story, although there's almost no nudity. There are also some moments of bullying. Despite its playful nature, the movie actually deals with some strong issues, such as broken hearts and a couple's struggle to save a troubled marriage.

  • Families can talk about how the movie addresses teen sex. Why do you think the characters are so focused on it? Is that realistic? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding relationships.
  • This movie shows that relationships take lots of work. What are some of the things that the characters did wrong? What could they have done instead? What did they do right?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: As in many coming-of-age movies, the main character goes through a period in which he experiments with iffy behavior before learning something. He spies on his parents, engages in bullying and/or destructive behavior, and eventually winds up broken-hearted and angry. But he does learn from all this, and he overcomes several challenges (although part of his solution is "getting the girl").

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Teen characters pass through a phase of bullying, spying, and destructive behavior before finally overcoming their personal obstacles and emerging as more mature and responsible. Adults, meanwhile, are all sad and withdrawn, or else they hide behind a kind of false arrogance. Few of them set any kind of example for young people.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A fight at school is shown, though the final blow is delivered off screen. The hero winds up with blood on his face. Some bullying.

  • sex false3

    Sex: The characters are almost constantly thinking about sex or talking in heavy sexual innuendo. The hero wants to have sex with his girlfriend and spends a great deal of time monitoring his parents' sex life. Lots of teen kissing. One scene shows a girl ducking out of sight to give a man oral sex. Also other images of implied sex, and a mother talks in front of her son about giving a "hand job."

  • language false4

    Language: Teens use strong language, including many "f--k"s and lots of sexual innuendo. Other words include "s--t," "c--k," "d--k," "twat," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), "gay" (used in a derogatory manner), and "piss."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue