The film is emotional, with many scenes of comedic levity to balance it out, & some dark/violent scenes as well.
This film deals with themes of adolescence, maturity, choices, & the burden of growing up... A definitive coming-of-age story.
A teenaged girl feigns an epileptic fit, which causes an elderly man to have a heart attack.
The encounter in the bathroom can be seen as intense.
Luli (Chloe Grace) is raped by Eddie (Eddie Redmayne) in a field of grass; it is implied, but not shown as we see Luli running into the field with Eddie after her; the camera pans upward over the field, but you can't see anything since it's dark out. A voiceover from Luli (see "Sex/Nudity" section) is heard as she names off the letters from the alphabet; as the audio continues, we hear Luli's voice begin to pitch higher as she starts to pant/moan, then begins crying (implying that we were hearing the feeling she was experiencing at the moment without any visual presentation). Very Sudden & Upsetting
The next scene, Luli is tied/bound to a bed; She starts screaming for help, but no one answers. Not a moment later, Eddie walks through the door and un-restrains Luli, apologizing for what he'd done to her. He offers her a necklace that he made, and continues to talk to her. Eddie hears something and wals out for a moment. Luli then starts to daydream about her drawings, which relaxes her. Soon, Glenda (Blake Lively) arrives, & unties Luli. Eddie shows up with a gun in his hand; he argues with Glenda, and tells her that Luli wants to stay with him, yet Glenda pushes back. Eddie continues to discuss Luli's fate with Glenda, who in turn wants nothing to do with Eddie. Unexpectedly, Eddie shoots at Glenda, who falls down; Shocking. Eddie breaks down crying, & curls Glenda's body next to his while Luli goes for the gun in her backpack. Eddie gets up, and walks over to the other side of the room while Luli nervously raises the weapon, shaking it in her hand (she doesn't know that it is loaded at this point). Eddie turns around & Luli fires the gun (no actual shot is heard as the audio becomes muted, but you do hear a low-pitched pop, kind of like a "thud" sound); we see a bloody bullet shot on his chest before he falls down; Luli breaks down into tears. VERY DISTURBING & EMOTIONAL; Defiantly the most traumatic part of the film
This film DOES send a very good message....
Recommended Rating: rated R for Strong Sexual Adult Content involving a Teen, Some Brief Nudity, Drug Use, Language, and Drinking, Disturbing Situations, and Emotional Thematic Material.
OVERALL SCORE: 31/50. This is probably suitable for ages 16 and up.