Only Yesterday Movie Poster
  • Released
  • February 26, 2016
  • PG, 1 hr 58 min
  • Animated
  • Drama
  • 42 Fan Ratings

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Parents need to know that Only Yesterday was originally released in 1991 and is being re-released in 2016 with a new English voice cast that includes Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel. The movie chronicles a single 27-year-old woman's nostalgia-filled vacation to the Japanese countryside. Since the movie takes place in 1966 and 1982, adult characters smoke cigarettes in several scenes. And in the flashback scenes that take place when the main character is in the fifth grade, there are several references to menstruation, some of which would now be considered outdated (a school nurse encourages female students to purchase special underpants, girls are excused from P.E. because of their periods, etc.) or inappropriate (boys go around making fun of girls because of their periods and try to sneak peeks at their special underwear to see if they're on their periods). There's also some teasing about crushes in the flashbacks and mild romance in the main plot line. In one surprising scene, young Taeko's father slaps her hard across the face for what, to many viewers, will seem like a confusingly minor offense but must be a more problematic act in Japanese culture.

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  • DRINKING & DRUGS
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