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The Virgin Suicides Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Glum and preposterous -- an operatically stilted adolescent martyr fantasy -- and yet, as staged by Coppola, it's well worth seeing.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    In contrast to big-screen bummers we see every week, this movie conveys genuine sorrow.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Intense, imperfect movie about teen suicide.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie's theme may be very upsetting to teens, some of whom may think it suggests that suicide is a romantic and powerful response to overly strict parents. In addition to the overall theme of sexual longing and repression, there are some sexual references and situations. One character smokes pot constantly (he is shown as an adult in a treatment center for substance abuse). Teenagers smoke and drink.

  • Families can talk about what has and has not changed since the 1970's.
  • Why the girls were such an endless source of fascination for the boys and about why the response of the community seemed so heartless to the boys? 
  • What could have led the girls to take their own lives and who, if anyone could have prevented it?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The serious subject matter regarding suicide makes this film for mature teens only.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Theme of suicide is very upsetting, a few explicit images.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A theme of the movie is sexual longing and repression; teen has indiscriminate sex.

  • language false2

    Language: Brief language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teen drinking and smoking; teen smokes pot constantly and develops substance abuse problem.