How to Date Billy Walsh parents guide

How to Date Billy Walsh Parent Guide

Loaded with toxic messages, this cringeworthy teen romance isn't suitable for teens or anyone else, for that matter.

Overall D

Amazon Prime: Archie finally feels ready to tell his BFF Milly that he loves her. And then a glamorous American boy starts attending their school...

Release date April 5, 2024

Violence B
Sexual Content C
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is How to Date Billy Walsh rated 16+ (Amazon)? The MPAA rated How to Date Billy Walsh 16+ (Amazon)

Run Time: 100 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Archie (Sebastian Croft) and Milly (Charithra Chandran) have been best friends since birth. They do everything together, share a lot of the same interests, and tell each other everything. Well, almost everything.

For years, Archie has tried to tell Milly that he loves her, but the words never seem to come. Now they’re in their final year of high school, and Archie is determined to tell her before they head off to uni. But just as he’s gathering his courage, a new American boy (Tanner Buchanan) shows up at school and Milly is immediately smitten. Faced with losing the love of his life, Archie decided to take drastic measures to keep Milly away from Billy.

I thought that we as a society had grown past teaching teens toxic myths about love and relationships. Not if this production has anything to say about it. The entire premise of the story revolves around Archie being possessive and toxic when it comes to Milly, not taking her feelings into account, and straight up humiliating her for his own selfish purposes. He is a bad friend and an even worse potential partner. What he does is unforgivable. Milly may have very little in the way of personality or a backbone, but she still deserves better. Hollywood writers are too cowardly to let a young woman end a rom-com single, even if that’s obviously the best outcome for her.

None of these issues are new to the genre (After series, anyone?), so you may think I’m being too harsh. I can forgive some toxicity if it’s wrapped up in camp and humor, but this production can’t even be bothered to offer either of those. I do not think I have ever sat through a film more cringeworthy than this. I felt a mixture of frustration, boredom, and disgust for the entire runtime, which felt like an eternity. I don’t use this phrase often, but this movie is hard to watch. It’s badly written, the tone shifts suddenly between scenes, every single character is unlikeable, and there are no jokes to speak of. Cringe is not funny, it’s just uncomfortable.

Even if this were the cleanest film I’ve ever seen, I still wouldn’t recommend it thanks to its atrocious overall quality and the toxic messages it imparts. My decision is easy since it falls squarely into an R rating with the large amounts of swearing, teen drinking, and sexual innuendo. I don’t know who this movie is for. Actual teenagers should not be watching it, and young adults will find it too cringe and immature to be worth their time. Please do yourself a favor and skip this film. It’s too late for me, but you can still save yourself.

Directed by Alex Pillai. Starring Sebastian Croft, Charithra Chandran, Tanner Buchanan. Running time: 100 minutes. Theatrical release April 5, 2024. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is How to Date Billy Walsh rated 16+ (Amazon)? How to Date Billy Walsh is rated 16+ (Amazon) by the MPAA

Violence: A boy is kicked in the groin. There are slapstick falls and trips throughout. 
Sexual Content: There are frequent sexual discussions and references throughout. A sex toy is seen.
Profanity: The script contains 20 sexual expletives, 20 mild and moderate swear words, five terms of deity, and some crude gestures.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Teens drink alcohol in some scenes. A teen girls gets belligerently drunk. An adult smokes a cigar.

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How to Date Billy Walsh Parents' Guide

How does Milly envision her relationship with Billy and how does that differ from reality? Why is she so willing to change herself to try to woo him and what consequences does that have?