Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between Parent Guide
With an unusually thoughtful female lead, this romantic drama focuses on the future as well as the here and now.
Parent Movie Review
Unsettled by her parents’ divorce and tired of frequent moves, Clare has a clear plan for her future. She’s going to excel at school, go to an Ivy League university, attend law school, and “fight for people who need protecting.” Falling in love doesn’t fit into her careful life plan – until she meets Aidan. Fearful of romantic entanglements, Claire proposes a deal: they can pursue a relationship, but they promise to break up before leaving for university. They spend a magical senior year together – shown in montages of unbelievably charming dates – and now the time has come. Clare is leaving for Dartmouth in the morning, and Aidan has planned their last date.
Clare has always been convinced that she can make a clean break with no heartache on either side. Aidan, on the other hand, is certain that an “epic” evening will be enough to convince Clare to acknowledge that they belong together. As evening stretches into night, they revisit the sites of their most memorable dates, and look more closely at the joys and challenges of their relationship.
As teen romance movies go, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between manages to be comparatively low on sex and high on long-term perspective. As for sexual content, it’s primarily limited to kissing (some on Clare’s bed) and a scene of two girls kissing. There is some background teen drinking at parties and under a dozen swear words. The TV-14 rating shouldn’t be a deterrent: this movie comes in very comfortably at the low end of the PG-13 category.
As for long term thinking, it’s refreshing to see a teen movie where the leads are focused on their futures. Clare, in particular, is painstakingly analytical about what she wants in the future and where she expects her relationship with Aidan to fit. Instead of just reacting emotionally (or hormonally) she thinks things through, trying to figure out if she’s “throwing away the best thing that ever happened to me…or just hanging in with Aidan because he’s safe and easy.” While Clare sometimes overthinks things or runs from her feelings, it’s great to have that kind of careful self-assessment on a movie geared at teens.
Adolescent fans of romantic dramas will get their fill of sweet, melancholy love scenes here. Aidan’s flair for big gestures will have girls swooning (although I keep wondering how he can afford them all). Adults may find the plot less attention-grabbing, but there’s enough charm coming from the cast and the Instagram-worthy dates to make this a reasonably pleasant way for genre fans to pass a carb-laden evening.Directed by Michael Lewen. Starring Talia Ryder, Jordan Fisher, and Ayo Edebiri. Running time: 82 minutes. Theatrical release July 6, 2022. Updated July 5, 2022
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between rated TV-14? Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is rated TV-14 by the MPAA for language.
Violence: Teens sample candy and are not seen paying for it. A character kicks another teen under the table. Teenagers break into a school building to leave a painted handprint on a wall. A person gets injured and gets stitches: there is little detail.
Sexual Content: Teenage guys and girls kiss frequently. They are shown kissing in bed but no sex is seen. Teens are seen in swimwear, including bikinis. A female character discusses her problems in having relationships with other girls. Two girls kiss. In a dimly lit scene, a young man and woman strip down to their underwear to go swimming: his bare chest is briefly visible as are her bra straps.
Profanity: The script features seven terms of deity, a couple of anatomical terms, three minor profanities, a scatological curse, and the beginning of a sexual expletive which is cut off before it can be completed. The words “horny” and “douchey” are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: High school seniors drink alcohol at a party.
Page last updated July 5, 2022
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between Parents' Guide
What decision would you make in Clare and Aidan’s place? Do you agree with their choice? What emotions drive Clare? What emotions drive Aidan? Do you think it’s possible to maintain long distance relationships or do you think breaking up is better?
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