No One Would Tell
Fred Savage, best known for starring as Kevin Arnold on the nostalgic TV series "The Wonder Years," plays against type here as bullying high school senior Bobby Tennison in this teen drama about an abusive relationship. Candace Cameron Bure plays his timid younger girlfriend who's harboring a secret, and talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael appears as a judge in this fact-based made-for-television movie about teen love gone dangerously wrong.
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- Noel Nosseck
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that No One Would Tell, first seen on television in 1996, explores an abusive relationship between an obsessive, violent high school boy and his vulnerable girlfriend. The film takes its audience through the increasingly volatile relationship from beginning to end. Mistreatment and verbal abuse leads to both on-screen and off-screen physical abuse, with dangerous consequences. The filmmakers have carefully shot and edited the film so that no graphic beatings are shown, but it's very clear that Stacy is caught in a vicious cycle of explosive anger and pathetic repentance. Bobby is not only psychotic, he's also a fearsome high school wrestling champion. Much of the film concerns the inaction of many people who suspect, or even are certain, that the abuse is taking place. The movie's resounding message is that intervention is crucial. There are a few mild profanities ("hell," "slut," "bastard"). The sexual relationship between the two teens is implied, but only kissing, embracing, and starting to undress are shown; the victim is seen in a shower, more to reveal her bruises than with any sexual purpose. This is strong subject matter and may be too intense and upsetting for some tweens and teens.
- Sexual Content
- Some kissing, passionate embracing. Sexual nature of the relationship is clear, though no actual sexual activity is shown. Partial nudity when girl is seen in shower; emphasis is on bruises rather than sexuality.
- Domestic violence in high school. Both on- and off-camera incidents accelerate the brutality: abrupt outbursts, then isolation, degrading, blaming, grabbing, pushing, choking, slapping, struggling. Bruises appear frequently on victimized teen. Early in film, abuser is seen carrying a knife to what may be a deadly encounter; then story flashes back and leads up to the climactic moment. Audience is always aware of impending violence and underlying danger.
- "Hell," "damn," "bastard," "slut," "ass."
- Social Behavior
- Advocates importance of recognizing and reporting abusive behavior. Cautions friends, parents, and teachers to be proactive, even when the suspected victim protests. It may be that the teens in proximity to the situation are the only ones who can successfully intervene. Take such matters seriously.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Boy talks about his alcoholic father. Kids may be drinking in a party scene.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it