(2020) (Charlie Plummer, Taylor Russell) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A high school student must not only contend with his schizophrenia and its various manifestations, but also falling for his classmate tutor.
Adam Petrazelli (CHARLIE PLUMMER) is a high school student who suffers from schizophrenia. For him, that not only manifests itself in the form of a demonic, disembodied voice that instills self-doubt, but also a trio of characters only Adam can see and hear. Those are the empathetic Rebecca (ANNASOPHIA ROBB), the ribald playboy Joaquin (DEVON BOSTICK), and an unnamed, tough-man Bodyguard (LOBO SEBASTIAN) who, along with his similar baseball bat-wielding cronies, is always prepared to take violent measures to protect Adam.
After yet another troubling incident at school, Adam's mom, Beth (MOLLY PARKER), and her live-in boyfriend, Paul (WALTON GOGGINS), transfer the teen to a Catholic school run by Sister Catherine (BETH GRANT) where Father Patrick (ANDY GARCIA) presides over services and acts as the de facto guidance counselor. Seemingly not needing his help is star student Maya Arnez (TAYLOR RUSSELL) who Adam soon learns accepts cash payment under the table to help some of her classmates. While she typically doesn't tutor others, she makes an exception for Adam in whom she sees something of a kindred spirit.
As their school arrangement turns into friendship and then romance and as he hopes to graduate to attend culinary school, Adam must contend with his illness and the side effects of the medication he takes for it.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Since it's about teenagers, similarly aged viewers might show some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For mature thematic content involving mental illness, some sexual references, strong language and smoking.
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