Your Name

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

Stunning but mature animated body-swapping love story.

PG 2017 107 minutes

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Based on 19 reviews

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Based on 61 reviews

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age 11+

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Your Name is a romantic fantasy movie directed by Makoto Shinkai that was released in 2017. It has an MPAA rating of PG, but I was unable to find a USCCB rating for this movie. It was distributed by Toho. The primary audience for this coming-of-age film seems to be tweens and teens of both genders. It is an anime movie that was written in Japanese, but dubbed for American audiences and premiered in LA in July 2017. Your Name is a touching, emotional, dramatic movie about two character, Taki and Mitsuha, who begin waking up in each other’s bodies every few days. They learn to work together to make both their lives as normal as possible and eventually, both attempt to visit one another. However, there are certain barriers that keep them from meeting. One day, they stop switching and Taki does relentless research to try to find Mitsuha. However, the mystery seems to be deeper than he anticipated. He finds out that Mitsuha is in grave danger and has to try to save her life. I find this to be an excellent movie. While there are some minor negative aspects, overall it is very effective, captivating, and inspiring. The connections that the characters form with one another are very strong and they are very motivated in their search for one another. Their dedication to each other and other characters can be inspiring for us as viewers. The movie has good attitude awareness and portrays the teenaged main characters accurately so that viewers may relate to them and learn from them in their search for connection, which is something most people this age experience, making it relevant as well. The character of Mitsuha expresses desire for a different life, unsatisfied with her life as the daughter of a mayor of a small town. This is another experience that many young people may find relevant. The movie contains apparent truth about relationships and love for teenagers. Again, it realistically portrays these relationships and is able to capture the feeling of falling in love as a young teen. It maintains the dignity of these characters by being so truthful about them and their nature. However, there are some sexual aspects in this film that hurt their dignity. They are mild, but recurring throughout the movie as a joke. Finally, to talk about the practical side of the movie. It is very skillfully developed¸ with a beautiful animation style that truly elevates the already captivating story. The soundtrack perfectly fits the emotions of the movie at each point and together with the stunning art and writing, creates a work of art. The movie is able to balance humorous, romantic, and action-filled moments for an experience that leaves the viewer feeling satisfied and fulfilled. I give this movie 5/5 stars for the beauty, emotion, and truth that it shows.

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