Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+
Smart, hilarious, mature look at an appealing scatterbrain.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Frances Ha is a sophisticated, black-and-white comedy with some romantic subplots. It's very dialogue and character-based, with a wonderfully cheerful attitude; good things happen to good people, but only after they fail a few times. The biggest issue is language, which is strong and includes "f--k" and "s--t." Sex is also a frequent (and sometimes graphic) topic of discussion, though no nudity or sex acts are actually shown. Characters drink and smoke in a social, background way. There's occasional overindulgence, with effects that are played for laughs. Since the story is about twentysomethings, only older teens may actually be interested.
- Families can talk about whether Frances is a role model. What are her positive attributes? Is she smart? Responsible? Brave? What chances does she take? What choices does she make?
- What does Frances learn over the course of the story? How does she earn her happy ending?
- Why do you think the characters tend to drink so much? What's the appeal for them? Are the consequences realistic?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Frances eventually gets herself together and follows her dream, but her moment of change isn't really the focus. Mostly viewers see her misadventures -- i.e. learning what not to do. But she never makes any serious mistakes, other than spending too much money, making social faux pas, and missing good opportunities.
Positive role models: Frances is a bit of a scatterbrain, and she makes many mistakes, but she's cheerful and never gives up. Plus, she never deliberately makes any bad choices; she just chooses unwisely sometimes. Eventually her optimism and gumption are shown to have paid off.
What to watch for
Violence: Minor arguing between friends from time to time.
Sexy stuff: No nudity or sex is shown, but sex is a regular topic of discussion; the characters think about it often. Sometimes the talk is fairly graphic.
Language: Language isn't constant but is fairly strong. "F--k" is used more than a dozen times, and "s--t" is used several times. "C--t," "t-ts," "anal sex," "bitch," "damn," "douche," "Jesus," and "slut" are also used.
Consumerism: Various logos/brand names are glimpsed in the background, such as Bank of America, Belvedere vodka, etc.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer, whiskey, vodka, and other alcoholic beverages and smoke cigarettes in a background way, at home, at clubs, and at dinner parties. Occasionally a character overindulges in alcohol, with results played for humor. There's a running gag about keeping one foot on the floor to prevent "the spins."