Our Song

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1/2

Content: -4

Jerry Seinfeld once joked about having a television show about nothing. This is a film about nothing. Imagine going to Brooklyn and tagging along with three 15-year-old girls for a few days as they hang out, eat junk food, commit petty crimes, go to parties, smoke marijuana, and deal with unwanted pregnancies. There is nothing more to this film--no plot, no compelling storyline, no subtle or overt message. A seemingly endless closing sequence of one girl walking in silence and another riding a subway in silence convey the essence of this film--nothing. The girls are members of their schools semi-famous marching band and worry about their schools closing due to asbestos, but the film focuses almost entirely on their mundane lives outside of school. Unless you are a die-hard arthouse aficionado with an unrelenting voyeuristic desire to see inner city life, this film has no entertainment value

OUR SONG could pass as a documentary on bad behavior among teens. One of the young girls becomes pregnant and wants to keep the baby but is encouraged to consider abortion by her friend who admits to having one. The main concern of the pregnant girl is if her baby will be cute and despite the pregnancy, she goes to a party and smokes marijuana and ends up kissing a boy who is not the father of her child. All three girls are shown shoplifting with no repercussions. One girl fantasizes about being shot, saying it would be a relief. She also expresses a desire to have a male stripper at her birthday party, saying she would touch him. A friend of the three girls commits suicide offscreen by jumping off a building with her baby. These bad behaviors along with an obscenity-laced dialogue and non-existent plot make OUR SONG a very unpleasant film experience.

Preview Reviewer: John Barber
IFC Films, 2 Park Ave., 11th Flr, New York, NY 10016

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (16) times - Mild 11, moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (39) times - F-word 12, s-word 25, other 2

Profanity: Once - Regular (J)

Violence: None, but start of suicide jump shown

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (Girl admits to premarital sex, girls speak of promiscuity/ current and past pregnancies, girl wants male stripper she can touch for birthday party)

Drugs: Few times (smoking marijuana; reference to boyfriend in prison for selling drugs)

Other: Cursing in Spanish; teen mom yells at/ curses baby; teen mom commits jumping suicide with baby; girl fantasizes about death; girl states she doesnt believe in abortion.

Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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