Drifting Home parents guide

Drifting Home Parent Guide

Artistically and thematically outstanding, this film is a thoughtful examination of grief, loss, and growing up.

Overall B+

Netflix: While playing in an abandoned apartment complex, a group of tweens suddenly find themselves alone at sea, unsure of how to get back home.

Release date September 16, 2022

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

Why is Drifting Home rated PG? The MPAA rated Drifting Home PG for thematic material, peril, language, some bloody images and brief smoking.

Run Time: 119 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Kosuke (Mutsumi Tamura) and Natsume (Asami Seto) used to be inseparable best friends, but the twin challenges of changing circumstances and getting older has put a wedge between them. At the start of summer vacation, Kosuke and his friends decide to go explore an abandoned apartment complex slated for demolition, which just happens to be the building he and Natsume lived in as children. While exploring, Kosuke discovers Natsume hiding in one of the units. As the tweens get into an argument, the group discovers that the building has mysteriously detached itself from land and they are now floating on the open ocean with their home nowhere in sight.

Drifting Home is a contemplative examination of grief, loss, growing up, and interpersonal relationships. Its fantastical elements combined with richly written characters create a unique and captivating world. This world is accentuated by an outstanding musical score from Umitaro Abe which combines classical orchestrations with childlike themes. The animation is also exceptional, with gorgeous visuals and interesting uses of contrasting color palettes.

Although artistically and thematically outstanding, there are elements of the production that hold it back from being truly extraordinary. The runtime is far too long. Some editing of both the script and the film itself would have made a huge difference. The second act drags, with some plot points feeling repetitive as the story spins its wheels for over an hour before actually going anywhere. Although the main characters are well developed and layered, some of the side characters don’t evolve past clichéd stereotypes, which may just be the natural result of there being too many of them.

There is almost no negative content of note, aside from some perilous situations which could be frightening to young viewers. Drifting Home is appropriate for most audiences, but the slow, contemplative pace and long run time may make it inaccessible for viewers with short attention spans. On the other hand, the rich themes and phenomenal creative elements make this a great choice for anime fans, or fans of coming-of-age tales and magical realism.

Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida. Starring Daiki Yamashita, Nana Mizuki, Kana Hanazawa. Running time: 119 minutes. Theatrical release September 16, 2022. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Drifting Home rated PG? Drifting Home is rated PG by the MPAA for thematic material, peril, language, some bloody images and brief smoking.

Violence: There are scenes of peril including falls and mild injuries. A young girl is knocked into a table by her father.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There is some mild name calling such as “idiot” and “stupid”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: An adult is briefly seen smoking.

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Drifting Home Parents' Guide

What caused Kosuke and Natsume to drift apart from each other? How does Natsume feel about the circumstances of her life and how does she internalize them?

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