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If I Stay Family Movie Review

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MPAA Rating

For thematic elements and some sexual material


R.J. Cutler

Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley

DiNovi Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema

Release Date/In Theaters

If I Stay Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger Shelby

In If I Stay, Mia Hall is teen who thinks that her biggest decision is whether to go away to pursue her musical career at Juilliard, or whether to follow a different path to be with her boyfriend. This all changes when she is in a car crash and ends up in a coma. She has an out of body experience where she must decide whether to live or to go to the world beyond. This family movie review must warn you that this movie makes a serious emotional impact and deals with some tough real life situations.

This movie touches on some morbid subjects and religious beliefs. Mia has an otherworldly experience while in the coma. It is an emotionally hard hitting movie throughout. Mia has to review her life and the choices that she has made. Mia sees the good and the bad times in her life. The movie portrays realistic family relationships and drama, as Mia's life hangs in the balance. The love romance remains central to the plot and focus of the movie.

There is no actual teen nudity, but there is a suggestion that two teen characters are in bed with a quilt pulled over them. Several of the teen girls wear low cut tops. There is kissing and the implication that it goes further in several scenes. There is one scene where two homosexual females kiss on the lips. There are more sexual references by teens than one can count. The movie features a teenage rock singer and much of what goes on behind the scenes, things the teens probably will not tell their parents when they get home.

thematic content of the movie. There is some blood and gore in the car accident scene. There are lots of hospital scenes that are graphic, including a scene where the main character is seen with blood and surgical instruments sticking from her belly. There are several scenes that have ghosts of people who have died in them. There are quite a number of obscenities in the movie too. This is not a calm, quite romance story. It is a cross between a romance, a drama, and a horror movie all rolled into one. Smoking and drinking abound in the movie. There is lots of talk about whether she wants to stay or die. She has lost her parents in the crash and will be an orphan, but she also has the potential of life with her true love.

If I Stay is a highly emotional movie about some serious topics. The movie continually flashes back to the most horrific scenes, such as the car crash. This one was rated a PG-13, but this is not a kid's movie by any stretch. Parent's need to consider that this movie normalizes behavior from teens the is considered to be inappropriate and something that most parents want their teens to avoid. This movie was meant for teens, but this parental guide to the movies thinks that it is far from an appropriate teen movie.

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