ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

"Felled by Too Much Darkness and Obscene Language"

Quality:
Content: -3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
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What You Need To Know:

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is a typical Netflix romantic drama about a teenage girl named Violet recovering from the death of her sister and finding love as a cathartic means of coping. Based on a young adult novel, ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is similar to PAPER TOWNS or THE FAULT IN OUR STARS although it lacks some of the wit that John Green brings to each of those novels. Nonetheless the acting is quite good with believable performances from both Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. That said, this movie is tragic and leaves viewers unsatisfied in some ways.

In ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, life seems truly meaningless if you can’t find beauty in the absolute power of God. The movie follows a predominant Romantic worldview with humanist elements about putting yourself and your desires first. Positively, there’s one scene in a church, but it doesn’t seem to make a big difference. Also, there’s too much foul language, a tragic ending, unresolved references to suicide, and discussions and depictions of violence. For all these reasons, MOVIEGUIDE® finds ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES ultimately unacceptable.

Content:

(RoRo, HH, C, B, LLL, VV, SS, N, AA, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Romantic worldview mixed with a lot of humanism where a couple lives for themselves and their own interests, male character finds beauty in everything, but a female character visits a church dedicated to car accident survivors

Foul Language:
21 obscenities throughout (including 11 “f” words) and seven light OMG profanities

Violence:
Strong violence includes two teenage boys get into a fistfight at school, one boy has a scar from being abused by his father, and one character is stopped form committing suicide but another is not

Sex:
Briefly depicted fornication in one scene

Nudity:
No explicit sexual nudity, but upper male nudity in a few scenes, couple strips down to their underwear to go swimming, and a couple undresses each other

Alcohol Use:
Red solo cups depicted at a teenage party, implying underage drinking, and a female characters pours out her alcohol and replaces it with water so she doesn’t look like a goody two shoes

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

More Detail:

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is a typical Netflix romantic drama about a teenage girl recovering from the death of her beloved sister and later finding love as a cathartic means of coping. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES has an impressive cast but regrettably has too much foul language, a tragic ending that’s too dark, references to suicide, and discussions and depictions of violence. The movie also follows a Romantic worldview with humanist elements about putting yourself and your desires first. For all these reasons, MOVIEGUIDE® finds ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES ultimately unacceptable.

High school student Violet Markey lost her sister in a car accident just a few months before the movie begins. Crippled by the grief of losing her sister, Violet has been reluctant to participate in high school life. One day, a teenage boy named Theodore Finch changes her perspective.

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES begins as Violet stands on a ledge about to jump off a bridge moments before Finch walks her off the ledge.

Finch becomes interested in Violet and pushes a friendship. However, at their school Finch is seen as a freak, so Violet’s friends warn her against spending time with him. He posts a video of him singing to Violet on Instagram with his phone number, and the two take a walk together. Violet agrees to be his partner for the school project.

The school project is to find two intriguing places in Indiana and rediscover the beauty of the state. After convincing Violet to join him, the two find places together and find beauty in the most unlikely of places. Initially, Violet won’t get into a car because she was in the car during the accident with her sister, but Finch manages to convince her to get into the car.

The two go to a swimming hole that allegedly has no bottom. Finch goes to look for the bottom and scares Violet when he fails to come up within five minutes. Nervous and panicked, Violet goes to the swimming hole to see if Finch is okay. Also, a fight breaks out in school after people mock Violet for spending time with Finch, and he disappears for a few days before he ventures to a support group that the school guidance counselor recommends he visit.

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is similar to PAPER TOWNS and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, although it lacks some of the wit that John Green brings to each of his novels. Nonetheless, the acting is quite good with believable performances from both Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. With that said, the movie’s ending is tragic and leaves viewers unsatisfied in several ways.

In ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, life seems truly meaningless if you can’t find beauty in the absolute power of God. The movie follows a predominant Romantic worldview with humanist elements about putting yourself and your desires first. Positively, there’s one visit to a church, but the visit doesn’t seem to make a difference because of the movie’s tragic ending. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES also has too much foul language, references to suicide, and discussions and depictions of violence. For all these reasons, MOVIEGUIDE® finds ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES ultimately unacceptable.

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