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Restless

drama, romance


A teenage boy, who's still traumatized by the recent car crash death of his parents, falls in love with a terminally-ill teenage girl.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    36%
  • Audience Score
    48%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Story of young, tragic love gets emotional, intense.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this romantic indie drama about young, tragic love may well appeal to teens, though it deals candidly and often sadly with illness and death -- which can make it feel heavy and a bit intense at times. There's some swearing (including "s--t"), war imagery/discussion, and kissing/cuddling. It's implied that the two main characters have sex, though nothing graphic is shown, and their relationship is very sweet overall.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the film handles its subject matter. Is it too frank about death? Does it exploit the topic?
  • In the movie, two young people fall in love despite many challenges and appear to have sex. Does the film portray this experience realistically? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values relating to sex and relationships.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    36%
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  • Audience

    48%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

This is basically a contemporary take on Harold and Maude. For that reason, I was rather hesitant to see this, mostly because Harold and Maude is an amazing film, and one that really struck a chord with me. I kept an open mind though, and, while this film is similar to that one, it ultimately stands on its own. This is the story of a quirky romance, as shown through the lens of the talented and versatile Gus Van Sant. Enoch is a sullen and troubled lad whose 'hobby' as it were, is to crash funerals, whether he knows the deceased or not. He also spends a lot of time with Hiroshi- the ghost of a Kamikaze pilot who may or may not be just a figment of Enoch's imagination. At one of his many funeral crashings, Enoch has a meet cute with Annabel- a young woman ho loves nature, and like Enoch, spending time among the dead. Thinking she just works at a ward for 'kids with cancer', he comes to find out that she is instead a patient, suffering with a terminal brain tumor. Knowing she doesn't have much time, the two try to make the most of their blossoming relationship, with her getting some much needed understanding, and him learning that life doesn't have to be a gloomy as he thinks it is. This is a very sweet and poignant film. Thankfully, it rarely gets too sappy and schmaltzy. Even the quirkier elements like Hiroshi, are handled in a fairly realistic manner, despite how unrealistic it might seem. The film is also pretty solid with the characters and story, though there are a few plot points that don't really go anywhere and could have been handled better (namely the Halloween bully confrontation). Danny Elfman provides a solid, atypical (for him) score, Van Sant provides some good direction, and the lead performances by Henry (son of Dennis) Hopper and Mia Wasikowska are great. Ryo Kase is also quite good as Hiroshi, and even though it is odd, I like the idea of Enoch being friends with a Kamikaze pilot. Give this one a shot. It's a nice, well done indie film, and makes for a great date night watch.

- cosmo313, Saturday, May 18, 2013

3 stars

Nicely acted and looks great. Mia Wasikowska is outstanding here. Story is a little slow, probably the worst thing I could say. I can see why some would not like it at all as its not the most cheerful topic, and some of it is a little pretentious. Though I enjoyed it, mostly the performances, it would not be a movie I would rush to watch again.

- romy861, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

3 stars

Nicely acted and looks great. Mia Wasikowska is outstanding here. Story is a little slow, probably the worst thing I could say. I can see why some would not like it at all as its not the most cheerful topic, and some of it is a little pretentious. Though I enjoyed it, mostly the performances, it would not be a movie I would rush to watch again.

- romy861, Wednesday, April 10, 2013