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The Sun Is Also a Star | 2019 | PG-13 | – 3.3.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Sun Is Also a Star” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some suggestive content and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several kissing scenes with a few being passionate, many flirting scenes, and a couple of outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen and bare legs; a bicyclist is struck by a car and a fight scene leaves the participants with bruises, and several arguments; and at least 1 F-word. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


After a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, a man and his family are deported to Jamaica. In a last ditch effort to help, his teenage daughter (Yara Shahidi) tries to find a way to convince the authorities that they should all be allowed to remain in the US. Things become more complicated when she meets a young man (Charles Melton) and after spending the day together she has one more reason to want to stay. Also with Keong Sim, Faith Logan, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jake Choi, Cathy Shim, Camrus Johnson and Anais Lee. Directed by Ry Russo-Young. [Running Time: 1:40]

The Sun Is Also a Star SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A young man sings a love song to a young woman in a karaoke room, he bends down on one knee and she kisses him, and he lies back on a bench and they continue kissing and caressing each other as she straddles him (they are interrupted by an alarm). A young man and a young woman hug and kiss in several scenes. A man and a woman kiss.
 A young man touches a young woman’s hair and they nearly kiss but they are interrupted. We see a photo of a man and a woman hugging, dancing and nearly kissing. A young man and a young woman hold hands in several scenes. A young woman rests her head on a young man’s shoulder and holds his arm. A young man and a young woman flirt throughout the movie. A young man and a young woman sit in a park, holding hands and kissing and we see them wake up there in the morning (no sex is implied). A young woman imagines the rest of her life with a young man and we see them being married, we see her pregnant and we see them holding their young child.
 A young woman talks about her mother and father meeting and falling in love and calls her father a romantic. A young woman says, “I don’t believe in love.” A man makes a sexual comment about a young man’s girlfriend (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man asks a young woman if she has an Asian fetish. A man mocks his younger brother and remarks about the size of his genitals in front of a young woman.
 A young man’s shirt is unbuttoned and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A young man’s bare chest, back and abdomen are shown when he puts on a T-shirt. A young woman wears short tops that reveal a bit of her bare abdomen and back in a few scenes. A woman wears a dress that reveals cleavage.


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The Sun Is Also a Star VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - A car speeds through a city street, clips a biker and the rider is thrown onto the sidewalk (we see him later with bruises on his face and bandages on his hand and arm). A young woman nearly steps into a street in front of a speeding car but a young man pulls her back and they both land on their backs on the sidewalk (no injuries are seen). A man makes a sexually suggestive remark about a young man's girlfriend and the young man punches him in the face, the man then punches the younger man several times and the young man kicks the man in the groin causing him to moan (we see them with bruises on their faces and one man has a bloody lip).
 A man and a young man argue in a store and the man makes a racist remark about the young man's friend being a shoplifter. A man offers a young woman a hair care product to make her hair "less big" and she declines saying that she likes her hair big. A man threatens to throw away his daughter's possessions if she doesn't come home. During a subway train delay, the conductor shares a story with the people onboard about a day when a train was delayed causing his friend to be late for work and that day was 9/11 and his friend would likely have been killed in the terrorist attacks if he had not been late. A young woman describes life as a "random series of events until you die." A young woman tells a young man to leave her alone. A young man and his father argue about what the young man wants to do with his life and the father tells him, "You don't go to college, you're on your own."
 A flashback shows young people carrying signs while during an anti-gun protest march. A flashback shows two girls stealing candy from a shop. A flashback shows a ceremony where parents have their young child choose an item from several laid on a blanket to determine what path the child will follow (i.e. a stethoscope for a doctor, etc.).
 A young man describes his parent's business in black hair care products and that in the 1960s, wigs were made from Korean people's hair.


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The Sun Is Also a Star LANGUAGE 5

 - At least 1 F-word, 5 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (teddy bear, stubborn child, idiotic, racist, overly dramatic poet), exclamations (shut-up, what in the world, all that jazz), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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The Sun Is Also a Star SUBSTANCE USE

 - A couple of men are shown smoking cigarettes outside a shop.


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The Sun Is Also a Star DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Carl Sagan, the Big Bang, rational thought, pure science, love, loss, life choices, sacrifice, separation, chasing dreams, coincidence, hormones, role models, goals, pressure, destiny, fate, immigration, hope, honor for the family, deportation, romance, Deus Ex Machina.

The Sun Is Also a Star MESSAGE

 - We don't have forever. Sometimes you can't control everything.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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