Teenagers will have a lot to think about from this movie. Two high school seniors begin an unlikely friendship and romance as they sort through various issues in their lives. The boy (Freddie Highmore) is dealing with a lack of meaning in his life. He is a loner and a non-conformist who has stopped caring about school, even though he is intelligent and good-hearted. The girl (Emma Roberts) is attracted the boy’s goodness and the depth of his perceptions, but finds that his insecurity, fear, and awkwardness do not allow him to open up to her, at least on the surface. Both are dealing with broken families or families that are unraveling. I found the movie an interesting study of the difficulty so much of us have trying to figure out life. I don’t agree with some of the loose attitude towards sex that the girl sometimes portrays, but even there we see a longing for something deeper and more permanent than the superficial and heartbreaking hookups our culture promotes among teens and adults. A deeper love does seem to win out in the end, but we are still left wondering if it will last. The movie can be a good starting point for a discussion about love and maturing.
By Fr. Ernest Daly on June 18, 2011
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