Now Is Good

2012 PG-13 1h 43m DVD

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Now Is Good

2012 PG-13 1h 43m DVD
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Knowing her days are numbered, Tessa (Dakota Fanning) struggles to make every moment count, and dives headlong through every wild, crazy act of teenage rebellion that she can dream up which includes a passionate romance with her neighbor, Adam (Jeremy Irvine).
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Now Is Good is a tearjerker that explores the dying wishes and goals of a 17-year-old girl with leukemia who has forgone chemotherapy and wants to experience some wild living before she dies. It deals with mature themes about illness and loss (with one fairly graphic extreme nosebleed), teenage sexuality, as well as mild drug use and some illegal activity -- all of which are portrayed as both negative in terms of risk, but positive in terms of the sense of having lived a full life overall. In spite of the provocative nature of the premise, it's an incredibly uplifting, complex, and sweet film that packs a lot of innocence and meaning about the big questions, though it does likely sanitize the true nature of illness.

Sexual Content

Sex or the suggestion of sex is a recurring theme in the film, and though there are multiple instances of teens kissing, and a few scenes where couples are shown in bed or lying entwined to suggest having had sex, it is never shown explicitly. The presumed use of condoms is depicted, and a parent tells her daughter to use condoms and have safe sex. A teen boy and girl strip down to their underwear and swim at night in the ocean. A subplot involves another teen girl finding out she is pregnant after having casual sex. A teen girl and her boyfriend are often shown sleeping in the same bed at night throughout her illness.


No physical violence, but mild peril throughout the film in the context of the protagonist's risky behavior against increasing ill health, minor drug use, and occasional wandering off alone. A girl pours a beer over the head of another girl at a party. Two girls steal a debit card from an ATM, but give it back. A teen girl rides on the back of a speeding motorcycle. A girl's profuse nose bleed produces a lot of blood and quite a scare. A teenage girl's death is shown as her drifting off, as if to sleep.


Mild profanity, such as "Jesus Christ," and "it scared the piss out of me," and "crap."

Social Behavior

Now Is Good offers thought-provoking messages about what it means to really live, to take risks, to be happy, and to give one's life meaning, especially in the face of terminal illness or tragedy.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A 17-year-old girl admits she wants to try drugs before she dies. She admits to taking mushrooms, and is shown wandering through the woods while on drugs, and climbs a tree. Later, she attends a party for young adults that briefly shows heavy drinking and dancing.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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