"Flawed Teenage Romance"
What You Need To Know:
CHEMICAL HEARTS is a mediocre teen drama. It has a mixed Romantic, pagan worldview where peoples’ lives are viewed as cosmic accidents rather than divinely orchestrated. Also, the characters act on their feelings more than anything else. The movie has two lesbian characters, underage drinking and marijuana use at parties. Due to its dismal view on life, strong foul language, homosexual references, and gratuitous immoral content, CHEMICAL HEARTS is an unacceptable, excessive movie.
In the Amazon Original movie CHEMICAL HEARTS, a high school senior named Henry Page meets a cynical new girl at school who walks with a cane named Grace Town. When Henry misses his bus one day, Grace drives him home and slowly but surely, a friendship begins. The two become romantically involved with one another as they work on their school newspaper.
From Henry’s point-of-view, Grace has an emotional depth about life he’d like to explore. Henry begins to peel back Grace’s emotional layers and learns that some of her elusive behavior and outlook on life is because of a tragic car accident she was in with her boyfriend, who died on impact.
On the outside, Henry seems to have it all – great friends, a large house, loving married parents, and a sister who’s been successful in the medical field. However, Henry, like so many other high school seniors, including Grace, feels like he’s in an emotional limbo due to his brain’s maturity. This “limbo” idea becomes the theme for the school’s newspaper as graduation draws near.
Once Grace and Henry start dating, things are smooth sailing until the one-year anniversary of Grace’s late boyfriend’s death. The horrors of that fatal night bring Grace to a challenging mental headspace that pushes her away from Henry and leaves him confused, since all he wants to do is be there for her despite her pain.
With graduation on the horizon and plenty of daunting life choices for both Grace and Henry to make about their futures, the two must decide where their loyalties and desires truly lay.
CHEMICAL HEARTS is an R-rated teen drama that could’ve easily been a PG-13 rating if it weren’t for its foul language, teenage substance abuse and other gratuitous immoral content. Lead actors Austin Abrams (THIS IS US) and Lili Reinhart (RIVERDALE) do a fair job in the roles opposite one another. However, the movie has been done over and over again. Movies like PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and THE SPECTACULAR NOW mirror CHEMICAL HEARTS. If you’ve seen one of these movies, you’ve seen them all.
CHEMICAL HEARTS has a mixed Romantic, pagan worldview where peoples’ lives are viewed as cosmic accidents rather than divinely orchestrated. Also, characters act on their feelings more than anything else. In addition, the movie has two lesbian characters, underage drinking and marijuana use at teenage parties. Due to its dismal view on life, conversations of violence, strong foul language, and other gratuitous content, CHEMICAL HEARTS an unacceptable, excessive piece of entertainment.