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SCREENED IN

"Confronting Screen Addiction"

Quality:
Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.
NoneLightModerateHeavy
Language
Violence
Sex
Nudity

What You Need To Know:

SCREENED IN is a short hour-length drama on YouTube that addresses teenage addiction to smartphones and social media. While teenager Peyton Hawthorne celebrates her birthday with two friends, she comes to realize the hold her smartphone has taken over their lives. She and her friends take steps toward weaning themselves away from their phones, but it proves harder than they thought. Will they be able to tackle their addiction and overcome it?

SCREENED IN is a serious but uplifting movie that has the intention to inspire those who struggle with addiction, especially to smartphones. As a debut movie, it is well shot and well made. Some of the dialogue is cheesy, along with some of the acting, but overall, it is an incredible movie in light of the low-budget production behind it. SCREENED IN has a strong moral worldview that goes against addiction. The characters discuss depression, cyberbullying and smartphone addiction, and learn from discussing these problems. They fail at times, which shows the reality of life. These strong themes may not be suitable for children, however, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.

Content:

(BB, V, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview focuses on addiction to social media and screens and shows the addiction being corrected and the consequences of it

Foul Language:
No obscenities or profanities

Violence:
Child gets very sick from accidentally swallowing antidepressant pills but recovers

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

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

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Addiction in teenagers to screens and social media is discussed, cyber bullying occurs, and child being babysat takes babysitter’s antidepressants and gets very sick but recovers.

More Detail:

SCREENED IN is a short hour-length drama on YouTube that follows Peyton Hawthorne, a teenager, as she battles her smartphone and social media addiction. Peyton celebrates her birthday with her two friends but looks around and realizes that all of them are glued to their phones. She voices her discomfort, and her friends chime in saying they’ve realized the same thing. Peyton and her friends decide to stop cell phone use for 24 hours. They later decide to do this fast for a week.

The next scenes show the three friends, and how they respond to not having any social media. On Day 3, the three meet up to talk about their experiences. The meeting’s cut short because Peyton gets a message asking her to babysit, breaking the no-screen rule. Peyton goes to babysit, but as she watches the two kids, she receives hateful messages.

While she’s replying to the messages, one of the children opens a bottle of antidepressants in her bag and swallows four pills. An ambulance is called, and the child lapses into a coma. Peyton stays at home in sadness, and fights with her family. She storms upstairs and finds pictures of her mom with a baby that’s not her. Her mom explains that Peyton has a half-sister, and that she was born out of non-consensual sex. Peyton knows who her half-sister is, having met her previously.

Happily, the child in the coma wakes up, and Peyton and her friends decide to take another step toward beating their screen addictions. They travel to an island with Peyton’s half-sister and leave behind their phones.

On the island they get lost and stay overnight in the forest. They manage to get back to their house on the island in the morning. They discuss their addiction, and how they’ve been able to grow.

SCREENED IN is a serious but uplifting movie that has the intention to inspire those who struggle with addiction, especially to smartphones. As a debut movie, it is well shot and well made. The dialogue can be cheesy, along with the acting, but overall, it is an incredible movie in light of the low budget production behind it.

SCREENED IN has a strong moral worldview that goes against addiction. The characters discuss depression, cyberbullying and smartphone addiction, and learn from these problems. They fail at times, which shows the reality of life. These strong themes are not suitable for children, however, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.