Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Every Thing Will Be Fine is a relationship drama that stars well-known actors James Franco and Rachel McAdams but is unlikely to appeal to younger audiences. The movie not only revolves around a heavy theme -- the death of an unknown child in a car accident -- but it's contemplative and plays out across many years in a way that most teens will likely find tedious. There's quite a bit of substance use -- to the point of a character's suicide attempt -- as well as some drinking by a not-quite-legal-adult. There's also a scary moment when someone is trapped during a freak accident at a local fair. Families who do see the film together may want to discuss healthy and unhealthy ways to handle grief and tragedy.
Embracing, kissing between adults.
A child dies in a car accident. Another child is trapped in a freak accident at a fair.
Occasional use of words including "s--t" and "damn."
Tragedy is random and unavoidable, and overcoming it can be slow, painful, and all-consuming. Positive message about how creativity can flourish after grief.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A man smokes marijuana a few times. Christopher has a beer with Tomas; it's unclear whether he's of age yet. A character seems to want to drink himself to death.