Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+
Endearing, mild coming-of-age tale in 1920s Scotland.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Life So Far focuses on a young boy growing up in 1920s Scotland on a huge estate, surrounded by a large family. The adults become involved in a variety of grown-up emotional entanglements, though they're all seen through Fraser's eyes, and he slowly starts to grasp the meaning of some of these incidents during the course of the film. In one scene he finds a cache of nude drawings and racy books and later brings up sexual topics in discussion with adults. There is some occasional mild swearing and a few shots from behind of nude boys skinny-dipping in a lake.
- Families can talk about coming-of-age movies. What do they all have in common? What would be your coming-of-age story? Are there any great growing up books that would make a good movie?
- How realistic does this movie feel? Can you relate to the boy's situations despite the time and place differences?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Life never fails to deliver curve balls, whether its the sudden arrival of a man in an airplane or the sudden collapse of a frozen lake. The secret is to hang on for the ride, and not to try and fight it, a lesson that serves Fraser well as he matures into a young man.
Positive role models: Fraser is charming and endearing as he slowly grows up. He's curious and mischievous, though none of his pranks are mean-spirited. His loving father, despite a few flaws, is devoted to helping his boys become good men.
What to watch for
Violence: Two men get into a brawl. Young boys start to wrestle after one says a cutting remark. Some men carry shotguns when they are hunting.
Sexy stuff: A boy discovers a cache of nude drawings and racy books that he doesn't quite understand, prompting him to bring up prostitution and orgies in conversations with adults. A married man becomes infatuated with his sister-in-law, but nothing comes of it. Young boys are shown from behind as they jump naked into a lake.
Language: Infrequent swearing, ranging from "hell" to "ass" to "t--ties." There is also some talk of "slanking," an activity reserved for men and women to do together.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some people drink wine with meals and occasionally relax with a cigar.