Is This The Real World Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Is This The Real World

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A high-school student is marked.

  • Starring:

    Sean Keenan, Greg Stone, Matt Colwell, Susie Porter, Julia Blake, Charlotte Best, Elise MacDougall, Tim Grimes, Ben Johnson

  • Directed by:

    Martin McKenna

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), NR (UK)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are wrestled, threatened, hit with objects, pushed, shoved, kneed, punched, near-drowned, hit, harrassed, pursued, held underwater. A school principal manhandles a student. High-school students push and shove/tease/brawl each other. Reckless driving, bicycle crashes. Yelling, arguing. Drowning, bashing, suspension, breaking the law, brother in jail mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody mout, lip, face, fingers, nose. Bruising. Patient in hospital bed (nasal tubes, IV drip, breathing tube). Stroke, cancer, radiotherapy mentioned. CPR, mouth-to-mouth, life-saving demonstrations.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Teen couple in bed together (sex implied). Kissing, caressing. Shirtless youths, swimwear. Nude child (photo; genitals obscured). Getting pregnant (teenager) mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking. Drugs (painkillers). Having a bet mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, f-words, s-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Derogatory term for disabled people (retard). Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    High school, acceptance, bullying, family, detention, cancer, teenage rebellion, siblings, first love, relationships, youth, fathers, death, grief, education.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother/grandmother, sick/dying pet. Hospital, jail, funeral, cemetery settings. Ocean fish, dog, seabirds, cat, camels, plane. Spitting, gagging. Some black-and-white vision.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Well-crafted, dreamy, close, unfiltered, striking, slow-burning, piercing, real, decent, engaging. First-class/powerful/strong performances, relevant/timely subject matter, effective/superb cinematography, sensitive love scenes, excellent music, solid technical credits, bold/promising directorial debut.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Small-scale, repetitive, melodramatic. Weak story, some unconvincing elements, pat/happy ending.

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