Show Me Love

1998 NR 1h 29m DVD

Show Me Love

1998 NR 1h 29m DVD
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Elin (Alexandra Dahlstrom) and Agnes (Rebecka Liljeberg) are social opposites. While Elin is gorgeous, lively and wildly popular at school, Agnes is sullen, lonely and rejected as a nerdy lesbian. But when Agnes develops a crush on Elin, the exploration of love between them alleviates Elin's perpetual boredom. This Swedish award-winner reflects the joy and pain of relationships, the insecurity of youth and the courage it takes to be different.
Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecca Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust, Stefan Horberg, Ralph Carlsson
Lukas Moodysson
Full Screen 1.33:1
Swedish: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this realistic coming-of-age story uses sexual identity as a means of exploring the complex and often painful emotions associated with self-discovery and acceptance. The two leading characters are high school girls who fall in love and have to come to terms with being different. Sexual content includes a few kisses (girl-girl and boy-girl), a moment of implied off-camera masturbation, teens discussing sex (including "Did it hurt?" and a mention of anal sex), and some partial nudity (boys seen in communal shower from rear and a poster of a bare-breasted woman hanging in a boy's room). There's frequent coarse language in Swedish (English subtitles): "f--king," "p---y," "s--t," "hell," "dyke," and more. The heroine uses a disposable razor in a feeble attempt to cut her wrists, but, after a little blood appears, she stops. Underage kids smoke and drink wine on several occasions, with some consequences.

Sexual Content

Lots of realistic teen conversation (from conquests and petting to anal sex and details of first sexual experience) as well as considerable edgy teasing about sex and homosexuality. Two girls kiss; a heterosexual couple kisses, engages in some foreplay, and is seen lying together after sex. A girl masturbates briefly off-camera. Naked high school boys are shown from behind in a communal shower. A poster of a bare-breasted woman hangs on the wall in a boy's room.


An argument between sisters becomes physical. Two boys scuffle briefly. A young girl uses a disposable razor in a weak attempt to cut her wrist; she stops when she sees the small amount of bleeding she has caused. An angry girl verbally assaults a wheelchair-bound teen.


The movie is in Swedish, so the frequent swearing is written out in English subtitles: "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "c--t," "a--hole," "hell," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), "bitch." Also: "moron," "idiot," "dyke."

Social Behavior

The film takes an authentic look at being different during adolescence. Two girls and their families grapple with the challenges and anguish of self-realization and self-acceptance. Honesty, courage, and compassion are held up as ideal values that ease a teen's way through difficult times. Conversely, the damage caused by intolerance, bullying, and teasing is clearly shown.


Coca-Cola, Puma, Adidas.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Underage kids are shown drinking wine, getting drunk, vomiting, and smoking in several scenes. A young girl wants to get high and searches the family medicine chest for drugs but finds only medicines for heartburn, etc.

  • 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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