Our Song

2000 R 1h 37m DVD

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Our Song

2000 R 1h 37m DVD
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Experiencing growing pains while they're on summer vacation, three inner-city teenage girls with hectic schedules make life-changing decisions in this engrossing drama that encapsulates the untold difficulties of urban living.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Our Song is the honest, insightful, and positive coming-of-age story of three high school girls. While almost all of the characters are African-American, Latino, or of mixed race, their stories and feelings are typical of kids of all ethnicities. The film considers boy-girl relationships, pregnancy, abortion, and birth control, as well as the broader issues of family, self-respect, and growing up. Underage teens at a party consume marijuana and alcohol, but there is no resulting drunkenness or negative behavior shown. Swearing is frequent: "f--k," "s--t," "ass." It's a thought-provoking film, without much plotting, focused more on character than event.

Sexual Content

Other than a few kisses, no on-camera sexuality. There are, however, frank discussions about single teen parenting, abortion, sexually-transmitted diseases, and birth control. A prominent story line involves one girl's unexpected pregnancy.

Violence

A young woman on the fringe of the story commits suicide off-camera.

Language

Lots of cursing and use of obscenities: "f--k" in various forms, "s--t," "ass." One girl wears a T-shirt which reads "S--t Happens." Some additional playful swearing in Spanish, much of which is not translated.

Social Behavior

This film stresses the importance of close family relationships, friendship, and open communication. Emphasizes trust, thoughtful decision-making, and positive support from others as methods of coping with the many challenges of coming of age generally, and, specifically, in a community where resources are in short supply.

Consumerism

Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Girl; Essence Magazine, Jet Magazine, Levis.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A party shows underage kids drinking beer and smoking marijuana. One of the girls' fathers is in prison for dealing drugs.

  • 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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