Teens in Precarious Situations


What to Watch in the Theater:
Love, Simon (PG13) is in theaters now. This teen romance with a twist is full of likable characters and some interesting plot devices that make Simon’s journey similar to solving a mystery. It’s a simultaneously sweet and heart-wrenching story about a boy with a secret, risking everything to find himself, and maybe even the love of his life. “Everyone deserves a great love story.”
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5


Pacific Rim Uprising (PG13) opens today. This sequel is an improvement on the original, with a bigger ensemble cast and more character development. We don’t see the big monsters (Kaiju) until later in the movie, as rogue Jaegers seem to pose the biggest threat this time around. This was a bit of a disappointment, but some good plot twists made up for that. This may not be for everyone, but it’s entertaining if you like mech and monster films – just make sure you see the original from 2013 before you watch this, or you’ll be lost.
Our rating: 4.25 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
#RealityHigh (TV14) This exclusive to Netflix film is a teen angst film about a smart girl who suddenly gets the guy of her dreams, and then allows herself to get sidetracked by the popular crowd. It’s a familiar fish out of water story, with lots of social media drama thrown in – kind of like Mean Girls meets a lot of 80s movies. Love, Simon is a better choice if you want see see some high school drama.
Our rating: 2 out of 5

The Clapper (R) This is the story of a man who’s perfectly happy making a living as an audience member for infomercials. His life is turned upside down when a late-night talk show host starts a campaign to find him, and he chooses to go on the air to help find the girl he loves. The cast of this overlooked movie had us hopeful, but they have no chemistry and the story just isn’t that interesting. Better to just skip this one.
Our rating: 0 out of 5

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