Every Day parents guide

Every Day Parent Guide

Although the movie contains fewer content concern than some PG-13 films, parents should still be cautious about its theme.

Overall C+

Every day a soul named "A" wakes up in a different body. Although this lifestyle has its problems, they never feel as onerous as they do after he/she meets and falls in love with Rhiannon (Angourie Rice). How can they ever have a relationship if "A" is continually changing into someone else? This movie is based on a novel by David Leviathan.

Release date February 23, 2018

Violence B-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use C

Why is Every Day rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Every Day PG-13 for thematic content, language, teen drinking, and suggestive material.

Run Time: 95 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

Based on a novel by David Leviathan, Every Day is a teen drama doing its best to present a message about tolerance. To help the audience recognize it’s whats inside that counts, the story presents Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a high school student who discovers the person she’s fallen in love with dwells in a different body every day.

Although the movie contains fewer content concern than some PG-13 films, parents should still be cautious about its theme.

First, there is an implied sexual relationship between Rhiannon and her controlling boyfriend Justin (Justice Smith). This sexual behavior becomes more troublesome once “A” becomes part of the mix. (“A” is the name of the bodiless entity that moves from person to person every 24 hours.)

One day “A” happens to occupy Justin’s body and meets Rhiannon. The pair run away from school and have a magical time together. That’s when Rhiannon discovers how nice it is to hang out with someone who is willing to listen and help her feel better about herself.

The next day the girl greets Justin only to find he has returned to his old self and has little recollection of their previous encounter. (It turns out when “A” moves in, the being pushes aside the original personality, leaving the host dazed and confused afterward.)

However, “A” has not forgotten Rhiannon. Their date has the roving persona determined to find the blonde again and grow a relationship with her regardless of the body being inhabited. While this sounds like the stuff and fluff of fairytales, the plot obscures some harsh realities, like the biological dangers of having sexual relationships with many members of the school population.

Then there’s the irony of the movie’s not-so-subtle lesson about seeing inward beauty. “A” randomly occupies adolescents’ bodies who are of a similar age, conveniently located within a few zip codes. It has no particular gender or ethnicity, so Rhiannon spends time with a wide range of young men and women – all of whom are on loan to “A” for the day. Yet when one of these rentals is a somewhat rotund Asian boy (Jacob Batalon), Rhiannon quickly dismisses his request to speak with her alone because he’s too big and scary. Another body is a blind male, who we only see briefly, suggesting his story isn’t worth much screen time. Despite a girl-to-girl kiss and a sampling of skin tones, Rhiannon is happiest when “A” comes in the form of a tall, lanky male Caucasian (Owen Teague) from similar economic and social strata as herself.

Through Rhiannon, Every Day attempts to show the importance of seeking kindly, connected relationships. The concept of the interloper intends to teach the value of looking past outward appearances. But instead, the script possesses (pun intended) a confusing message of racial and gender dysphoria – one that would likely be more suitable within a horror movie.

Directed by Michael Sucsy. Starring Debby Ryan, Maria Bello, Owen Teague. Running time: 95 minutes. Theatrical release February 23, 2018. Updated

Every Day
Rating & Content Info

Why is Every Day rated PG-13? Every Day is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic content, language, teen drinking, and suggestive material.

Violence: An adolescent boy becomes aggressive when he discovers his girlfriend spending time with a boy, who claims he is gay, but isn’t. This same boyfriend, and his friends, make derogatory and demeaning remarks to his girlfriend. A jealous character throws a rock at the vehicle of a suspected rival. Verbal conflicts occur between teens and adults. A teen drives recklessly.

Sexual Content: Teen boy and girl kiss romantically. Two teen girls briefly kiss. Sexual activity is implied between the female protagonist and her boyfriend. It is also implied that she is engaged in sexual activity, or is desiring to engage in sexual activity, with a variety of other teens who are “possessed” by another personality. On separate occasions, a teen girl is seen on a toilet, in a bikini top and lying in bed with a teen boy.

Profanity: Infrequent profanities include scatological (at least 6) and crude anatomical (at least 5) terms, along with at least 4 other mild profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Brief tobacco use is seen. Alcohol is used by teens at a party.

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Every Day Parents' Guide

A character in this movie says, "Not everyone's body aligns with their mind." How do you interpret that statement? Do any of us always feel our mind and body are on the same page? Have you ever heard elderly people talk about how they still feel young? In what ways do you feel your body is out of step with your mind? Is it always necessary for our body and mind to be aligned?

One of the characters in this film is a large Asian boy, who Rhiannon's character sees as threatening. Why is this? Is it his gender? His weight? His ethnicity? Now imagine this actor (Jacob Batalon) as the protagonist of this story. He's a boy who isn't popular with girls, but suddenly an "entity" finds him attractive and engaging. Would you still want to watch this movie if the main character was a male? Heavy-set? Not Caucasian? How are moviemakers caught between wanting to deliver a "message" and wanting a to make a marketable, financially successful film?

News About "Every Day"

This movie is based on the novel Every Day by David Leviathan.

The film stars Angourie Rice as sixteen-year-old Rhiannon, the love interest of a soul named "A" who is destined to awake each morning in a different body. Some of those bodies are played by Justice Smith, Lucas Jade Zumann, Colin Ford, Jacob Battalion, Debby Ryan and Katie Douglas. Regardless of gender, A is still attracted to Rhiannon. She in turn begins to fall in love with him/her. The plot revolves around the pair trying to meet each day, and with all of the changes, figuring out how to make their relationship more permanent.

From the Studio:
Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.
- MGM/Orion Pictures

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The movie Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is also based on a David Leviathan novel. Actors Jacob Batalon and Angourie Rice also appeared as sidekicks in Spider-Man: Homecoming.