The Half of It

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Touching, smart teen story deals with sexuality; drinking.

PG-13 2020 104 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 35 reviews

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age 18+

Very good movie with common problematic sexual assault trope

The movie brings up the theme of sexual assault and then dismisses it. Paul has the common but problematic view that one can kiss someone without verbal consent because of a "look." The movie goes in the right direction by having Ellie reject his unconsented kiss, because a "look" (in this case, highly mistaken) does not count as consent (Paul and Aster both kiss each other without consent). The movie ends with Ellie kissing Aster without consent. These are all examples of sexual assault. As a victim of this form of sexual assault, as well as others, this type of review needs to address that. Still, a great movie that is honest about how messy infatuation can get, but verbal consent is something that the movie fails to address. This makes it problematic.

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 12+

Sweet, touching movie

This is a rare gem that is sweet without being corny. The main female characters are unrealistically mature in their thinking, but that’s not a bad thing as an influence on viewers — good to see smart, self-aware characters who learn about tolerance.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

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