Is This The Real World Sunday, 05 April 2020

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)


    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.


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


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


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


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


    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.


    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.


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

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